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June 18, 2012
We agreed that we need to see a cessation of the violence, that a political process has to be created to prevent civil war.
President Barack Obama • Following a two-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin — the first since Putin’s return to the presidency — prior to the beginning of a G20 summit in Mexico.  The two discussed a wide range of issues that their respective nations have clashed over in the past, including missile defense systems in Europe and Iran’s nuclear ambitions, with Putin telling reporters that, “From my perspective, we’ve been able to find many commonalities pertaining to all of those issues.” source (viafollow)
16:18 // 2 years ago
June 2, 2012
18:06 // 2 years ago

Obama personally approved use of Stuxnet computer virus against Iran

  • then Back in June 2010, a super-sophisticated computer virus attack was waged on the Iranian nuclear program. Named “Stuxnet,” the virus disrupted and temporarily shut down about 1,000 of the nation’s 5,000 uranium centrifuges.
  • nowThe decision to push ahead with Stuxnet, which the U.S. and Israel teamed on, came directly from President Obama — he accelerated the attack, part of a U.S. effort to halt Iran’s nuclear program code-named “Olympic Games.” source
13:01 // 2 years ago
June 1, 2012
In case you were wondering, here’s how infamous Iran-infrastructure-damaging bug Stuxnet worked. And to answer your question, the U.S. was involved in what was intended as an act of cyberwar … but the virus (which only got its name after it broke out online) was never intended it to break out onto the larger Internet. But Stuxnet, which broke out in 2010, is old news. A newer virus, Flame, is currently causing major online trauma in the Middle East.

In case you were wondering, here’s how infamous Iran-infrastructure-damaging bug Stuxnet worked. And to answer your question, the U.S. was involved in what was intended as an act of cyberwar … but the virus (which only got its name after it broke out online) was never intended it to break out onto the larger Internet. But Stuxnet, which broke out in 2010, is old news. A newer virus, Flame, is currently causing major online trauma in the Middle East.

12:52 // 2 years ago
May 19, 2012
[Iran’s] continuing violation of international rules and norms and inability thus far to convince the world community that it is not pursuing the weaponization of nuclear power is of grave concern to all of us. We’re hopeful we can resolve this issue in a peaceful fashion with respect to Iran that recognizes their sovereignty but also recognizes their responsibilities.
President Obama • Speaking on Iran’s nuclear program, which many in the international community believe  to be attempting weapons production. The timeline for such a weapon, if Iran is actually or would actually pursue it, is yet two years from completion, as we’ve touched on before. The remarks were made at the G-8 summit (the “Group of Eight,” for the uninitiated) at the Camp David presidential retreat, and were made while Obama stood beside British Prime Minister David Cameron and newly-minted President of France, Francois Hollande. The short-term takeaway from this? Continued economic sanctions, and more tension leading up to next week’s meeting with Iranian officials at a world leader summit in Baghdad. source (viafollow)
13:20 // 2 years ago
April 27, 2012
14:21 // 2 years ago
April 17, 2012

Iran: Security researcher ignored by banks hacks the banks instead

  • cause About a year ago, Iranian security researcher Khosrow Zarefarid found a major security flaw in the country’s banking system and created a formal report.
  • effect He sent the report to  the CEOs of a number of banks in the country, who completely ignored it. Zarefarid decided to make his findings public in response.
  • result Zarefarid recently put up a link revealing the account info of 3 million users. Zarefarid, who left Iran, didn’t appear to use the info he hacked, just leaked it. source
11:26 // 2 years ago
March 23, 2012

Report: Iran doesn’t have nuclear warhead, may not want to make one

  • 2 years, at the very earliest, until Iran has a nuclear weapon source

» That is, if it’s even developing one. According to Reuters, it’s the consensus among Israel, the US, and European allies that not only is Iran is a long way from developing a nuclear weapon; there’s a good chance it’s not even actively attempting to do so. A communications intercept from 2006 or 2007 revealed Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a top Iranian officer and physicist, complaining that the country’s leadership had halted its weaponization program. US intelligence ultimately concluded that, while Iran has likely taken steps to allow for the possibility of future warhead construction, it hasn’t had an active nuclear weapons program since 2003. The whole report is very much worth reading; it’s one of the most in-depth, detailed examinations of the subject we’ve ever seen.

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18:09 // 2 years ago
March 15, 2012

New poll shows Americans favor diplomacy over war with Iran

  • 69% of Americans prefer a diplomatic approach instead of an Israeli attack on Iran, according to a new poll from the University of Maryland
  • 38% of Republicans polled favor military action by the Israeli government, a percentage likely to surprise experts and policymakers
  • 17% of Democrats and independents polled agreed with their Republican counterparts, preferring military action over diplomacy source

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17:12 // 2 years ago
March 6, 2012
We all agree that the international community should demonstrate its commitment to a diplomatic solution by acknowledging Iran’s agreement to meet, by testing its desire to talk and by offering it the opportunity to respond to our legitimate concerns about its nuclear intentions.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague • Discussing the decision that a group of six global powers agreed to resume talks with Iran over the country’s nuclear situation — a set of talks that had broken off about a year ago. The talks came as Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who sees Iran as his country’s most dangerous enemy, was in the U.S. to talk to Obama. Israel has seemingly been looking to possibly attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, but Obama has urged the country to continue to let diplomatic mechanisms to do the work. source (viafollow)
11:15 // 2 years ago