Yesterday, the Washington Post published a report about the flame virus a new malware program supposedly designed by the United States and Israel which infected Iranian computers and spied on its nuclear weapons program.
While the original leak about this program took place a few weeks ago, the new information is that the spies in the US blame the spies in Israel for the virus being discovered by the Iranians.
The effort, involving the National Security Agency, the CIA and Israel’s military, has included the use of destructive software such as the Stuxnet virus to cause malfunctions in Iran’s nuclear-enrichment equipment.
The emerging details about Flame provide new clues to what is thought 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 American partners off guard, according to several U.S. and Western officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
….Despite their collaboration on developing the malicious code, the United States and Israel have not always coordinated their attacks. Israel’s April assaults on Iran’s Oil Ministry and oil-export facilities caused only minor disruptions. The episode led Iran to investigate and ultimately discover Flame.
Some U.S. intelligence officials were dismayed that Israel’s unilateral incursion led to the discovery of the virus, prompting countermeasures.
Now there will be reports that this and the original flame virus leak were done as a campaign strategy— to show the president as a brilliant war time tactician. But that would be releasing US national security secrets— treason. If you would believe that this administration would release national security secrets you would believe something ridiculous like the administration would give AK-47s to the Mexican drug cartels. Besides the story trashes Israel, and we all know this president would never do anything to make Israel look bad……right?