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Feds investigate Stuxnet leak

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) — The Obama administration is investigating who leaked classified information about a highly secret cyberwar targeting Iran’s nuclear facility, officials said.

The Justice Department investigation started by Attorney General Eric Holder is trying to determine who gave information on the Stuxnet virus to The New York Times, The Washington Post and other media outlets. Stuxnet and a sister virus called Flame were created by U.S. and Israeli cyberintelligence workers and used to infiltrate Iran’s nuclear facility. Once installed, Stuxnet caused the enrichment centrifuges to spin out of control and break.

Justice Department officials said only a select handful of U.S. and Israeli officials had knowledge of the Stuxnet program and officials “at pretty high levels” are being questioned about the leaks, one official familiar with the investigation told the Washington Post.

The Obama administration has prosecuted six individuals for leaking classified information to reporters — more than all other presidential administrations combined.

The Post said the advent of email — and software that easily allows prosecutors to search large quantities of it in mere seconds — has helped create a trail for investigators to follow.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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It’s OK for our government to leak the doctor’s name who gave us bin Laden’s whereabouts and the good doctor ends up tortured in a Paki jail, but they’re all upset about someone who leaked word of a computer virus. What hypocrisy. I’d rather they chased down the person who put that doctor in jail and give him 40 lashes. But it might be someone too high up. Huh.

I don’t care what my government does to protect us and the rest of the western world from idiot countries like Iran. ‘interesting’ must be aligned with the enemy. dumas!

Hmmm, sounds like cyber terrorism to me. Oh wait, we’re the good guys. It’s everybody else who is supposed to play by the rules. Sorry, forgot how our govt puts the spin on what they do.

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