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By Christopher Williams
16 Feb 2011
The video of Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi's operational successes
included references to Stuxnet, a computer virus that disrupted the
Natanz nuclear enrichment site last year, Ha'aretz reported.
Although Israel has not officially accepted responsibility for the
Stuxnet attack, evidence of its role has been mounting since it was
first discovered last July. The virus, unprecedented in its
sophistication, was designed to infiltrate the control systems at Natanz
and make hidden, damaging adjustments to vital centrifuges.
Attributing the source of cyber attacks in notoriously difficult, but
security researchers say factors including complexity of the operation,
which would have required human sources inside the Iranian nuclear
programme, point strongly to the Israeli security forces. It has also
been reported by The New York Times that a special facility was set up
with American cooperation in the Israeli desert to test the weapon.
Immediately after the section on Stuxnet, the video tribute to Lt Gen
Ashkenazi included a message from Meir Dagan, who was head of Israel's
secret intelligence service Mossad during virtually all of Lt Gen
Ashkenazi's time in charge of the IDF.
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