According to a recent revelation by current and former US officials, it was under the secret orders of President Barack Obama that the US and Israeli experts carried out a devastating cyberattack - involving the damaging Stuxnet malware - against Iran’s nuclear program.
As per the disclosure by the officials, President Obama order sped up the wave of cyberattacks against Iran so that the country’s progress in the direction of building an atomic bomb could be hindered without the need of launching a traditional military attack.
With the origins of the 2010-discovered Stuxnet ‘cyberweapon’ largely being a matter of debate all this while, the recent disclosure by the present and former US officials marks a confirmation of some of the experts’ earlier conclusion that the malware attacks aimed at impeding Iran’s nuclear attempts were seemingly a result of a collaboration between the US and Israel.
While describing the classified effort code-named Olympic Games, the officials revealed on the condition of anonymity that it was during the presidential term of George W. Bush that the cyberweapon was first developed, with the intentions of steadily damaging Iran's nuclear capability as well as perplexing the Iranian scientists about the reason behind mishaps at a nuclear plant.
With cyberweapon essentially comprising malware designed for infiltrating as well as damaging the computer-run systems, the officials said that the cyberweapon was probably used for the purpose of making the Iranians doubt the capability of their engineers in running an enrichment facility.