White House directive behind Stuxnet virus

Friday - 6/1/2012, 8:53pm EDT

A series of cyberattacks on Iranian nuclear efforts came from a White House directive.

The New York Times reports the efforts, code-named "Olympic Games," began during the Bush administration and one of the strings of code accidentally became publically known as Stuxnet.

Israel was also a partner in the offensive, which is the first known series of cyberattacks the U.S. has been behind.

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