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NY TIMES AND PHYS.ORG: STUXNET VIRUS PART OF US-ISRAELI CYBER-WAR

An article over at phys.org from June 4, a little over a month ago, outlines the growing and almost certain case that the stuxnet virus was part of a covert cyber-warfare plan, developed during the G.W. Bush Administration and continued under the Obama Administration, to interfere with Iran's uranium enrichment program:

Stuxnet's origins decoded: Now we know who did it, but what does it mean?

The implications are spelled out here, but perhaps the most chilling paragraph in this article containing many significant observations and implications, is this:

"Does resolving the attribution problem change how we think about the Stuxnet attack? This question is important for Stuxnet: Does Iran have the right to use force in self-defense or hold the U.S. and Israel accountable? The question is also relevant to interest in using cyberweapons more extensively. If we expand use, what are we doing in policy and legal terms?

"Another risk involves how other countries respond in light of attribution of Stuxnet to the U.S. and Israel. Perhaps attribution will not matter because, before Stuxnet, experts believed that states were seriously exploring espionage and military uses of the Internet. Many perceived Stuxnet as a "game changer" without needing to know who was responsible. If nothing else, identification of Stuxnet's creators will deepen other countries' interests in defensive and offensive cyber capabilities -- a pattern seen many times before with weaponization of new technologies. How far this dynamic goes, and with what consequences for the Internet and cyberspace, remains to be seen, but history tells few encouraging tales concerning this pattern of behavior."

Yesterday I talked about the implications of such cyber warfare, and its history back to the Reagan Administration at least.

But this important article clues us in to yet another implication, albeit a subtle one, and that is, with the "plausible deniability" that such cyberwar technologies and techniques make potentially available to nations, corporations, or even individuals, the possibility evolves that such warfare could, and would, be conducted in an ongoing, unceasing manner... The "lack of response" may not be a lack at all, but merely the lull before counter-measures, and counter-attacks, are taken. Couple these technologies to other rumored capabilities - weather modification and manipulation, for example - and you get the idea of what they're already thinking about in their black projects agencies.

See you on the flip side.

10 thoughts on “NY TIMES AND PHYS.ORG: STUXNET VIRUS PART OF US-ISRAELI CYBER-WAR”

  1. If it is accepted that the US and Israel did Stuxnet, then what about Fukushima? When any number of backup systems all fail, backup systems designed to be redundant and designed to handle the unexpected, isn’t that an indication at least that something more happened than just a tidal wave? If the Stuxnet virus played some part in the disaster at Fukushima by preventing the plant systems from functioning properly, should Japan respond somehow? Can Japan respond, in any manner?

    1. Japan wanted our bases there closed.
      So they were ‘earthquaked’
      at precisely (computer calculated)
      a point and force for the most destruction.

      [no nukes! electromagnetics—
      it’s what makes the animals run away from
      earthquakes coming]

      THEY (we, the USA) even created the fault where there was none.
      OH yeah!
      It just takes a little longer.

      Can Japan respond (?)
      There island nation is slowly [but surely] sinking……….
      can they respond?
      Not likely.

      1. I’m sure I am not clear on the details, but I DO think that I read recently in ONE of JPF’s books (sorry, I am “multi-reading” several at a time) that Japan is one of the nations he believes now has the capacity to use “whatchamacallit” technology (zero-point? vortex? weather warfare? — there are so many, not-quite-accurate ways to refer to the physics HE is trying to elucidate in his many tomes)…

        So I would say, YES, Japan can and might have already retaliated. Think “tornado alley” along mid-eastern coastline not so long ago, extreme heat in USA, anomalous “derecho” storm last week that still has power out in the Washington DC area, and more.

        Just sayin’…. What goes out comes ’round…

        S ^i^

        1. I said that it is not likely, not that they did not have the know-how
          or capability.

          There is simply no point to retaliation.
          I stand by my answer/post, even if they can,
          they know better.

          An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

  2. Thinking like THEY do is not an easy task
    because of the no-sense insanity of it.
    I can only get around it for moments at a time
    until the full, useless circle gives me a headache !

      1. Well, you know what those are (?)

        The same thing the farmer hauls away, only smaller.

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