Published on November 19th, 2010 | by Ali Gharib2
Did Israel Cyber-Attack Iran?
It looks that way — or the Israelis could simply want people to think that. But, whatever the truth, they seem to be coyly admitting to this summer’s massive cyber-attack against Iran.
The New York Times looks back at Stuxnet, the worm that targeted computers in Iran, specifically, those linked to Iran’s centrifuge work on uranium enrichment. The lede of the Times piece, by William Broad and David Sanger, says the virus “was precisely calibrated in a way that could send nuclear centrifuges wildly out of control.”
Then they have this:
The paternity of the worm is still in dispute, but in recent weeks officials from Israel have broken into wide smiles when asked whether Israel was behind the attack, or knew who was. American officials have suggested it originated abroad.