>The initial program was started under the Bush Jr. Administration, dubbed "Olympic Games". Obama merely gave the go-ahead to continue with the program once the initial feelers reported back positive. The target, the Natanz refining facility, has no direct link to the internet at large, and required the use of double agents and thumb drives to successfully infect the system. The goal of the program was to sabotage the industrial centrifuges used to refine Uranium. However, at least one infected machine managed to connect to the internet at large, and the resulting pandemic infection came to be dubbed Stuxnet by security researchers. This confirms the initial reaction among researchers, that Stuxnet was created by the U.S. or a similar nation.
>Though considered one of the first successful cyber warfare attacks ever carried out by a nation, the attacks have not actually stopped Uranium production or curbed output, merely delayed it, an effect was reportedly already being achieved by the CIA, who passed faulty and sabotaged parts into the hands of the Iranians. Though Stuxnet is several orders of magnitude more complex than standard computer viruses, the recently uncovered "Flame" virus likely predates both Olympic Games and Stuxnet, and is a similar, seemingly politically motivated and professionally developed virus. As the Flame virus can infect fully patched and up-to-date windows systems, it is likely we have entered the next age of malware.