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Report: Gov’t Officials Facing Pressure for Cyberwarfare Leak

HeadlineJan 28, 2013

In other whistleblower news, the Obama administration is reportedly intensifying its investigation of current and former government officials accused of leaking information about a major cyberweapons operation against Iran. The Washington Post is reporting the White House is “increasing pressure” on those suspected of disclosing the cyber-attack known as “Olympic Games,” which has been used to sabotage the computer systems at Iran’s nuclear facilities. The program became publicly known after it accidentally unleashed a computer worm known as Stuxnet across the global Internet. Investigators are said to have extensively analyzed the phone and email records of government officials and even confronted them directly about their alleged contacts with journalists. The U.S. cybercampaign in Iran is believed to be the first sustained effort by one country to destroy another’s infrastructure through computer attacks. The Justice Department meanwhile has quietly launched a separate investigation into leaks about the disruption of an al-Qaeda-linked bomb plot in the Arabian Peninsula.

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