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U.S., Israel developed Flame computer virus to slow Iranian nuclear efforts, officials say
WaPo ^ | 6/19/12 | Ellen Nakashima, Greg Miller and Julie Tate,

Posted on 06/19/2012 12:56:49 PM PDT by ColdOne

The United States and Israel jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected critical intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage attacks aimed at slowing Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon, according to Western officials with knowledge of the effort.

The massive piece of malware was designed to secretly map Iran’s computer networks and monitor the computers of Iranian officials, sending back a steady stream of intelligence used to enable an ongoing cyberwarfare campaign, according to the officials.

The effort, involving the National Security Agency, the CIA and Israel’s military, has included the use of destructive software such as the so-called Stuxnet virus to cause malfunctions in Iran’s nuclear enrichment equipment.

The emerging details about Flame provide new clues about what is believed to be the first sustained campaign of cyber-sabotage against an adversary of the United States.

“This is about preparing the battlefield for another type of covert action,” said one former high-ranking U.S. intelligence official, who added that Flame and Stuxnet were elements of a broader assault that continues today. “Cyber collection against the Iranian program is way further down the road than this.”

Flame came to light last month after Iran detected a series of cyberattacks on its oil industry. The disruption was directed by Israel in a unilateral operation that apparently caught its U.S. partners off guard, according to several U.S. and Western officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: nationalsecurityfail

1 posted on 06/19/2012 12:56:51 PM PDT by ColdOne
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To: ColdOne

Ok. I see that the administration is still leaking like a sieve.

We can only assume that someone very high up in the White House is engaged in treason. Is Congress going to stop this?


2 posted on 06/19/2012 1:01:23 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: ColdOne

“said one former high-ranking U.S. intelligence official,” Find this person and begin the investigation and prosecution right there. ENOUGH with the leaks.


3 posted on 06/19/2012 1:07:28 PM PDT by Pat4ever
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To: atc23

Biden, Donilon or Panetta. Security clearances don’t mean ANYTHING to those seeking to hand America over to the Globalists. They view their leaks as a noble sacrifice for the cause of dismantling our superpower status.


4 posted on 06/19/2012 1:09:22 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: ColdOne

...and every line of that code was written in C++, personally, by Barack Hussein Obama....


5 posted on 06/19/2012 1:15:43 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ColdOne


6 posted on 06/19/2012 1:30:49 PM PDT by Iron Munro (John Adams: 'Two ways to enslave a country. One is by the sword, the other is by debt')
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Panetta.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2897044/posts


7 posted on 06/19/2012 1:31:44 PM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: ColdOne

This corrupt regime needs to follow the simple rule - KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!!! They are doing irreparable harm to national security.

After the last series of leaks what do they do? They double down by releasing even more secrets. Unreal.

We need investigations. And now.


8 posted on 06/19/2012 1:46:18 PM PDT by Nasher
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To: ColdOne

Computer tricks will only work for so long. What is needed is to convince the Iranian people that they want nothing whatsoever to do with nuclear anything. And the only way to do that is with an (arranged) nuclear accident, that causes significant injuries and death to Iranians.

It is the trading of hundreds, and maybe a few thousand Iranian lives to save a hundred thousand or more lives that would be lost in a conventional war.

It would require just two things: a large amount of explosives planted at a known nuclear facility upwind of a large city, and a very specialized truck, parked for a short time between the facility and the city.

It begins by parking the truck, with its driver sitting in the cab. He pushes a concealed button and panels open on the roof of the truck. Powerful but silent fans blow a large amount of invisible radioactive isotopes up and into the wind currents that will take them to the city.

After a length of time, he pushes the button again which turns off the fans and closes the panels, and he drives away, the truck to disappear forever.

Then the large bomb goes off at the nuclear facility.

Everyone assumes that the facility had an accident that blew the radioactive isotopes into the air.

Word gets out about the accident, but only days later people in the city start showing signs of harm. Sickness and weakness, large patches of skin burned with beta radiation. Very quickly radiation is then discovered and large parts of the city are contaminated. A panic results.

Soon people start dying, with many disfigured by scarring from the burns. It is grotesque, and about a month later many people’s immune systems crash and they get severe infections.

Of course, with government denials that it is to blame, which not even they will believe, things will get worse. The international community will offer aid that will be rejected; and it will also demand to know what was going on at that facility.

This sort of thing tends to snowball in a hurry, and the usual techniques of blaming other nations will fall flat. Iran’s allies will be deeply embarrassed as well.


9 posted on 06/19/2012 1:55:46 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: ColdOne

“Flame was developed at least five years ago...”

It’s Bush’s fault, and God Bless him for it...


10 posted on 06/19/2012 2:15:40 PM PDT by Clioman
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To: ColdOne

[“It is far more difficult to penetrate a network, learn about it, reside on it forever and extract information from it without being detected than it is to go in and stomp around inside the network causing damage,” said Michael V. Hayden, a former NSA director and CIA director who left office in 2009. He declined to discuss any operations he was involved with during his time in government.]

Hayden and some private sector cyberwar experts are mentioned by name. This story may be an attempt to hang the leaks on innocent sources. Or maybe I’m paranoid.


11 posted on 06/19/2012 5:09:14 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: ColdOne

This is the equivalent of FDR and Churchill bragging about how Enigma lets us know everything the Germans are doing, how we’ve rolled up all their agents in Britain and America, etc.


12 posted on 06/20/2012 5:08:54 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Obama doesnÂ’t have the work ethic to be Anti-Christ.)
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13 posted on 06/20/2012 4:46:50 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: ColdOne
“This is about preparing the battlefield for another type of covert action,” said one former high-ranking U.S. intelligence official,

STFU

14 posted on 06/20/2012 8:15:59 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Jeremiah Jr; ladyL; Yehuda
Flame was developed at least five years ago as part of a classified effort code-named Olympic Games, according to officials familiar with U.S. cyber-operations and experts who have scrutinized its code. The U.S.-Israeli collaboration was intended to slow Iran’s nuclear program, reduce the pressure for a conventional military attack and extend the timetable for diplomacy and sanctions.

>>>Shaddai, one of the biblical names of God, also serves here as an acronym for Shomer Daltot Yisrael, "Guardian of Israel's doors". Many mezuzah cases are also marked with the Hebrew letter ש (Shin), for Shaddai.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mezuzah

Eternal City Jerusalem marked with the eternal flame (the letter shin)

There has been speculation that Washington had a role in developing Flame, but the collaboration on the virus between the United States and Israel has not been previously confirmed.

OBADIAH 1:18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.

code-named Olympic Games

Olympics, eternal flame. Just search Google images for Olympic Logo Zion.

El Shadai and Joseph:

"We see a pattern developing. When God blesses the patriarchs with many descendants, the name of God employed is Shadai."

Joseph From the Kabbalistic Perspective

15 posted on 06/20/2012 10:33:05 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Ezekiel

“...and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.”

This could work...

” Just search Google images for Olympic Logo Zion.”

LOL! Watching all their heads spin is hysterical!


16 posted on 06/21/2012 3:33:35 PM PDT by Yehuda (http://jewpoint.blogspot.com)
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To: Ezekiel
“This is about preparing the battlefield for another type of covert action,” said one former high-ranking U.S. intelligence official, who added that Flame and Stuxnet were elements of a broader assault that continues today. “Cyber-collection against the Iranian program is way further down the road than this.”

That say's a Lot... Beit Laven = White House btw...

17 posted on 06/23/2012 8:27:03 PM PDT by Jeremiah Jr (Chi ha-Olamim)
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