A New York Times report this morning appears to confirm what has long been suspected by many: that the United States and Israel were responsible for the Stuxnet cyber attack against Iranian nuclear facilities.
Among the story's key points:
Debate over the significance of this story will be intense; so, too, the decision by the Times to publish it (not merely justified, but an obligation, in my opinion).
Given the preexisting assumptions that the U.S. and/or Israel were likely behind Stuxnet, it's difficult to imagine that this apparent confirmation will prove material to any cyber warfare planning on the part of other nations or individuals. However, the propaganda value is undeniable.
So, too, the fact that history will note Stuxnet as a defining moment in whatever future unfolds in the world of cyber warfare.
And, of course, the need for the U.S. to step of defensive measures grows ever more urgent.
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