According to David E. Sanger of the New York Times, Stuxnet, the computer worm that crippled Iran's nuclear weapon ambitions, was actually created by the U.S. and Israel under the codename Olympic Games. It was started by Bush, ordered by Obama and no one knows what the future repercussions may be now that Stuxnet is in the wild.
American cyberattacks are not limited to Iran, but the focus of attention, as one administration official put it, "has been overwhelmingly on one country." There is no reason to believe that will remain the case for long. Some officials question why the same techniques have not been used more aggressively against North Korea. Others see chances to disrupt Chinese military plans, forces in Syria on the way to suppress the uprising there, and Qaeda operations around the world. "We've considered a lot more attacks than we have gone ahead with," one former intelligence official said.
Mr. Obama has repeatedly told his aides that there are risks to using -- and particularly to overusing -- the weapon. In fact, no country's infrastructure is more dependent on computer systems, and thus more vulnerable to attack, than that of the United States. It is only a matter of time, most experts believe, before it becomes the target of the same kind of weapon that the Americans have used, secretly, against Iran.
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