In 2008, Barack Obama campaigned as the anti-war candidate. But as President, he has opened a new phase in the history of warfare: Cyberwar.
In Confront and Conceal, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent of The New York Times, details how President Obama secretly ordered a cyberattack on Iran's nuclear facilities, "the first time the U.S. has repeatedly used cyber weapons to cripple another country's infrastructure."
At issue is the so-called Stuxnet program, designed by U.S. and Israeli intelligence to infiltrate and damage Iran's centrifuges. Codenamed "Olympic Games", the program began in 2006 as George W. Bush sought a way to attack Iran's program without launching a conventional attack, Sanger explains.
In the past year, cyberattacks have been launched against the computer systems of a number of institutions, including Lockheed Martin (LMT), Northrop-Grumman (NOC), Sony (SNE), Google (GOOG), Visa (V) and Mastercard (MA), among others. (Read More »from U.S. Cyberattack on Iran Opens New Chapter in Modern Warfare, Sanger Says