U.S. Intelligence (Sunset Strip Edition)

Two potentially dangerous computer viruses, Stuxnet and Flame, have been found lurking in computer systems around Iran and other Middle Eastern countries. It has been reported that both viruses were launched by the United States and/or Israel as a form of cyber-terrorism. The goals could include throwing a spanner into Iran’s putative nuclear weapons program.

Pundits have wailed and gnashed their teeth and bemoaned Stuxnet and Flame as a dangerous new escalation of warfare between the Western powers, its allies and enemies.

President Obama today named his new heads of U.S. Intelligence operations: Jim, Rollin and Cinnamon.

Ah, no. Sorry. It’s not a dangerous new escalation. It’s a 1969 episode of “Mission Impossible.”

Show of hands: Who can’t remember at least one TV spy show in which the heroes sneak into a foreign government to bollux a computer system. From “I, Spy” to “Alias,” it’s been one of the basic go-to plot lines.

I have no doubt that U.S. Intelligence operatives hacked Iranian computers. It usually happens before the first ad break.

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on June 5, 2012, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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