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FBI is increasing pressure on suspects in Stuxnet inquiry

Posted By admin On January 27, 2013 @ 7:15 am In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Peter Finn
Washington Post [1]
Jan 27, 2013

Federal investigators looking into disclosures of classified information about a cyberoperation that targeted Iran’s nuclear program have increased pressure on current and former senior government officials suspected of involvement, according to people familiar with the investigation.

The inquiry, which was started by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. last June [2], is examining leaks about a computer virus developed jointly by the United States and Israel that damaged nuclear centrifuges at Iran’s primary uranium enrichment plant. The U.S. code name for the operation was Olympic Games, but the wider world knew the mysterious computer worm as Stuxnet.

Prosecutors are pursuing “everybody — at pretty high levels, too,” said one person familiar with the investigation. “There are many people who’ve been contacted from different agencies.”

The FBI and prosecutors have interviewed several current and former senior government officials in connection with the disclosures, sometimes confronting them with evidence of contact with journalists, according to people familiar with the probe. Investigators, they said, have conducted extensive analysis of the e-mail accounts and phone records of current and former government officials in a search for links to journalists.

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[1] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbi-is-increasing-pressure-on-suspects-in-stuxnet-inquiry/2013/01/26/f475095e-6733-11e2-93e1-475791032daf_story.html

[2] started by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. last June: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/attorney-general-eric-holder-names-attorneys-to-investigate-leaks/2012/06/08/gJQANhGiOV_story.html

[3] Stuxnet Worm Used Against Iran Was Tested in Israel: http://www.prisonplanet.com/stuxnet-worm-used-against-iran-was-tested-in-israel.html

[4] Iran Says It Arrested Computer Worm Suspects: http://www.prisonplanet.com/iran-says-it-arrested-computer-worm-suspects.html

[5] Suspicion in Iran that Stuxnet caused Revolutionary Guards base explosions: http://www.prisonplanet.com/suspicion-in-iran-that-stuxnet-caused-revolutionary-guards-base-explosions.html

[6] Stuxnet virus attack: Russia warns of ‘Iranian Chernobyl’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/stuxnet-virus-attack-russia-warns-of-%e2%80%98iranian-chernobyl.html

[7] Beijing steps up pressure to prevent an attack on Iran: http://www.prisonplanet.com/beijing-steps-up-pressure-to-prevent-an-attack-on-iran.html

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