U.S. Marine general may have been the source of the Stuxnet leak

A retired U.S. Marine general is being probed as the person responsible for leaking details about Stuxnet to The New York Times, according to a published report.

NBC News reported Thursday night that four-star Gen. James ‘Hoss’ Cartwright, who was once the second-highest ranking U.S. officer and who retired in August 2011, has been under investigation since late last year, according to the published story. He is suspected of leaking information about “Olympic Games,” the Stuxnet operation created in cooperation with Israel under President Bush and continued under President Obama.

Prior to the Times report published June 1, 2012 and written by David Sanger, the computer code used in the attack had been thoroughly studied, but its developers were unknown, though the U.S. and Israel were suspected. Quoting anonymous sources who reportedly worked on the project, the Times article revealed that the National Security Agency, working with Unit 8200, a part of Israel’s military, developed the worm to sabotage Iran’s nuclear enrichment facilities and set back its program.

SOURCE: scmagazine.com

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