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March 25, 2013
Wired

NATO Researchers: Stuxnet Attack on Iran Was Illegal 'Act of Force'

by Kim Zetter

A cyberattack that sabotaged Iran's uranium enrichment program was an "act of force" and was likely illegal, according to research commissioned by NATO's cyberwarfare center.

"Acts that kill or injure persons or destroy or damage objects are unambiguously uses of force" and likely violate international law, according to the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare, a study produced by international legal experts at the request of NATO's Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence in Estonia. . . .

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[Yet the 2015 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. intelligence community submitted recently to the Senate Armed Services Committee has explicitly conceded that the risk of "cyber Armageddon" is at best "remote."--Bill Blunden, "Cyber Armageddon is a Myth," counterpunch.org, March 23, 2015]

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[the wider campaign involved close cooperation with the U.S., which famously collaborated to develop the Stuxnet computer virus responsible for destroying hundreds of Iranian centrifuges--Sebastien Roblin, "How Israel Tried to Destroy Iran's Nuclear Program: Assassinate the Scientists," nationalinterest.org, June 2, 2018]

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Zero-day: a software bug that allows a hacker to break into your devices . . . For decades, the United States government became the world's dominant hoarder of zero-days . . . Then the United States government lost control of the hoard and the market. (jacket inside) . . .

President George W. Bush needed something to get the Israelis off his back that didn't entail starting World War III. (Chapter 9, p117) . . .

To be fair, we were doing the same in Iran. We had been for years, actually. Under a highly classified program conceived under Bush but acceleratated under Obama -- code named Nitro Zeus -- U.S. Cyber Command started planting time bombs in Iran's communications systems, air defenses, and critical parts of its grid. By June 2019 it was safe to assume that Iran's attacks on U.S. critical infrastructure was Tehran responding in kind. What the security community witnessed that summer was, in effect, mutually assured destruction in real time. (p355) -- Nicole Perlroth, "This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race," Bloomsbury Publishing; 1st edition (February 9, 2021)

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