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NSA Director Meets Secretly in Israel to Plan Stuxnet-Like Operations

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The clandestine meeting among surveillance officials comes less than one week after the United States filed charges against Iranian officials for similar offensive cyber activities.

Last week, NSA chief, Admiral Michael Rogers met with Israeli security officials in secret to explore forging closer ties between US and Israeli cyber intelligence gathering.

 

The NSA, America’s signals intelligence (SIGINT) agency, is responsible for electronic collection abroad in addition to protecting US government information and communication systems from foreign penetration and sabotage.

Admiral Rogers was hosted by the leadership of the Israeli Defense Forces’ SIGINT unit, or Corps Unit 8200. The secretive Corps Unit 8200 is tasked with collecting SIGINT from the Middle East. The meeting was focused on cooperation of the two entities to tackle regional powers with an emphasis on Iran and Hezbollah.

Security analysts have largely credited IDF’s Unit 8200 with creating the Stuxnet virus which toppled Iran’s main nuclear reactor in 2010. That effort, codenamed OLYMPIC GAMES, similarly involved a collaboration between Unit 8200 and NSA between 2008 and 2011.

Reports are that Rogers’ visited with a view towards not just defensive and intelligence gathering collaboration, but offensive cyber operations like the Stuxnet operation.

This stride towards offensive cyber collaboration with Israel comes less than one week after the US government advanced criminal charges against Iranian military officials for engaging in cyber warfare. 

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mass surveillance, surveillance, secret mission, secretive, offensive, cyberattacks, cyberattack, hacking, virus, Olympic games, Stuxnet, Unit 8200, NSA, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), Michael Rogers, Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama, Middle East, Israel, United States
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  • dvdgrg09
    Unfortunately the meeting had to be cancelled after the participants kept spinning out of control due to a stuxnet-like virus.
  • cast235
    Russia MUST create own secretive unit. Syria and Iran are great start. More reason for big military bases in Syria. They will also protect the area.
  • Ivan Buckeye
    Nuclear power plants have been in existence long before the internet, I'm no tech-savvy guy, but plugging everything into the "world wide web" when there's a wicked spider called the United States weaving it seems very risky.
  • Ann
    NSA spying is offensive in more ways than one. I find it offensive to be spied on.
  • Linda
    The CIA are expanding an existing program that influences mainstream media outlets to promote fake propaganda stories, by having agents troll internet forums, social media, and website comment sections – in an effort to disrupt alternative media sites.

    In an expansion of Operation Mockingbird, the agency are now creating fake user accounts on various internet forums and social media channels, arguing politics with real users in an attempt to stifle and subvert genuine communications between users
  • Syria Forever
    Could it be the NSA has a problem after the Pentagon toke over Silicon-Valley? Seems the Pentagon takes away the data from the NSA?
  • Randall Lee Hilburnin reply toIvan Buckeye(Show commentHide comment)
    Ivan Buckeye, Actually the internet IS a US system, always has been. If a country allows it in they get the US/Israeli governments along with it.
  • Ivan Buckeyein reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
    Randall Lee Hilburn, I totally agree with you and the risk of being plug into it should be avoided, especially for national security of other nations.
  • Randall Lee Hilburnin reply toIvan Buckeye(Show commentHide comment)
    Ivan Buckeye, The internet was started by a group of astronomers as a mechanism for rapidly transferring large amounts of numerical data between observatories. Soon the US DOD found out about it and took control. They then used it for secure communications within the DOD and the US military. Later they would begin to lease it out to civilian companies in order to make it generally available to the public. But the DOD (Department Of Defense) continued to exercise ultimate control, as they still do to this day.

    This is from a very old limited run book titled "Silicon Snake Oil", which was written by one of the astronomers, whose name I have forgotten, who originally helped develop it, as a warning to the public about what is going on.
  • Ivan Buckeyein reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
    Randall Lee Hilburn, you've piqued my curiosity with the book. I'll have to dig around and see what I can find.
  • Randall Lee Hilburnin reply toIvan Buckeye(Show commentHide comment)
    Ivan Buckeye, Without getting into a long story, when I took computer courses in college on the technical part of how the internet works. we were told flat out that the US government was in control of it, and they were using it to monitor the population. Since it is their system they can insure they nobody is going to be able to keep them from going anywhere they want to on it. Essentially it confirmed what the book I mentioned said.
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