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Stuxnet Infected Chevron [Updated]

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Monday, November 12, 2012 at 1:01 PM

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Stuxnet, the virus that targeted Iran’s uranium enrichment program and that is generally thought to have been created jointly by the United States and Israel, also infected the computer systems of energy giant Chevron. Although it breached Chevron’s security systems, the virus apparently did not cause any damage. Chevron . . .
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Computer Network Attack, Iran, and the Pandora’s Box Argument

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Friday, September 21, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Ellen Nakashima has an interesting piece in the Post describing Iranian computer network operations directed at U.S. banks and other private commercial entities, depicting them as the latest developments in the ongoing shadow conflict.  The timing of the story is excellent, given Harold Koh’s recent speech discussing the US government perspective on the international law . . .
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Iran to Sue Stuxnet Creators

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 6:48 PM

This news — that Iran is considering a lawsuit over Stuxnet – is too perfect for words.   Lawfare readers will have a field day:  In what court?  Under what theory?   With what damages?   How will they get jurisdiction?  Etc.  This almost seems to be  an ideal question for our readers — so I want to . . .
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Why the Supreme Court Leaks Less Than The Intelligence Community

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Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I have an essay on this topic in The New Republic.   It begins: When Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg rose to speak to the American Constitution Society on June 15, many in the audience hoped she would hint at the fate of the Affordable Care Act. The justices had voted on Obamacare on March . . .
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More Details Emerge About Flame

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Those following the Stuxnet/Flame story will be interested in this piece that just went up on the Washington Post website.  In a sequel to David Sanger’s account attributing Stuxnet to an American-Israeli collaboration, today’s piece by Ellen Nakashima, Greg Miller, and Julie Tate offers the same attribution as to Flame.   The piece is interesting as well . . .
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Andy McCarthy on Leak Investigations

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Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Andy McCarthy has an interesting post on the just-opened leak investigations.  He garners more reasons than I did to think that many of the recent high-profile leaks – not just on drones, but also on the Iranian cyber-operation – originated in the White House.  And he argues against a DOJ criminal investigation on the ground . . .
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What is the Scope of the Leak Investigations?

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Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 6:51 AM

The scope of the leak investigations announced by Attorney General Holder yesterday remains unclear.  Holder appointed U.S. Attorneys Ronald Machen and Rod Rosenstein to “direct[]separate investigations currently being conducted by the FBI.”  But he did not say what those investigations are about, and there have been so many leaks in recent weeks that the matter . . .
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President Obama’s Non-Credible Statement on Leaks

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Friday, June 8, 2012 at 4:18 PM

President Obama, today, on the possibility of leaks from the White House: The notion that the White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive, it’s wrong, and people, I think, need to have a better sense of how I approach this office and how the people around me approach this office .  . . . .
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The Stuxnet Story and Some Interesting Questions

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Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 4:52 PM

By now almost everyone has read David Sanger’s fascinating New York Times story relating the behind-the-scenes story of the development and deployment of the Stuxnet virus as part of a larger classified program known as “Olympic Game.”   Others, including my colleagues Jack Goldsmith and Matt Waxman have already remarked on the seeming breach of classification.   . . .
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Unintended Irony Department

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Friday, June 1, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Jack has already noted today’s New York Times story attributing the Stuxnet virus to American and Israeli activity through the disclosure of a code word classified program known as Olympic Game.  I’ll have more to say about the details of the Stuxnet disclosures when I’ve had a chance to digest the article.  For now, I . . .
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Sanger Attributes Stuxnet to United States and Israel

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Friday, June 1, 2012 at 8:09 AM

David Sanger discloses in the NYT that the United States and Israel were behind the computer worm attack on Iranian nuclear facilities that came to be known as Stuxnet.  The story is based on non-attributed interviews with U.S. (and perhaps Israeli) officials, and is fascinating from start to finish.  It will be interesting to see . . .
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Richard Clarke Says Stuxnet was a U.S. Operation

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Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 4:36 AM

The former counterterrorism czar reaches this conclusion because the operation had lawyers’ fingerprints on it.  From an interview with Ron Rosenbaum in Smithsonian Magazine: “I think it’s pretty clear that the United States government did the Stuxnet attack,” [Clarke] said calmly. This is a fairly astonishing statement from someone in his position. “Alone or with . . .
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The Risks of Deploying Malware: Duqu and Stuxnet through the Lens of the Libya Cyberattack Dispute

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Kim Zetter at Wired writes this afternoon of the discovery of a strain of malware that appears to build in significant part on components of Stuxnet–but that functions more as a reconnaisance tool enabling the future exploitation or manipulation of infected systems, rather than as a means to directly and immediately impact the operation of those systems.  . . .
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Malware as Incipient Armed Attack, Malware as Preparation of the (Cyber) Battlefield

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Friday, September 24, 2010 at 3:23 AM

Stewart Baker draws attention to a very interesting story involving a piece of malware known as Stuxnet.  Stuxnet aims to penetrate SCADA systems (i.e., software enabling utilities to remotely monitor and manage facilities that generate and transmit electricity), and that it may well have the capacity once in place to shut down critical safety systems the . . .
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