The Industrial Link Between Stuxnet And Unit 8200

Long thought to be jointly created by Israel and the U.S.—the industrialist tied to its development and deployment has also targeted countries other than Iran.


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An "American" industrialist, first cataloged during a longterm research project, has been identified as the probable go-between for computer programmers at the Israeli SIGINT National Unit (ISNU), otherwise known as "Unit 8200," and direct access to Siemens AG factories. Stuxnet, a complex piece of malware suspected of being primarily developed by Israel, targets programmable logic controllers (PLCs) which are used to automate industrial processes. Siemens AG equipment owned by Iran was sabotaged during Stuxnet's initial deployment in 2010, but later use points to an overarching conspiracy that involves attacks against Russia, the U.S., and others while Israel was simultaneously manufacturing intelligence in the process.

The attack against Kaspersky, dubbed Duqu 2.0, is believed to have been conducted by the same hackers responsible for a previous Duqu attack uncovered in 2011. They are also widely credited with playing a role in Stuxnet, the digital weapon that attacked Iran’s nuclear program. While Stuxnet was likely created jointly by teams in the US and Israel, many researchers believe Israel alone created Duqu 1.0 and Duqu 2.0.

These attacks, particularly back in 2014, would serve as the basis for Kaspersky products being banned in 2017.

Unit 8200 is Israel's Negev-based equivalent to the National Security Agency (NSA) with the exception of scale, and is part of the Israeli Intelligence Corps, which answers to the Directorate of Military Intelligence. Approximately half of the group is involved in operations beyond Israel's borders.

Some of these same Unit 8200 alumni have since moved to the U.S., part of a wide-ranging creep into the country directed at Boston, New York and San Francisco. Israel's increasing involvement in the cyber-security industry, or innovations such as 5G, and the malicious directorate it projects over our very lives must be addressed.

During his visit to New York, Cohen will reportedly meet with representatives of US telecoms giant Verizon and propose that the company should participate in 5G trials to be held at Bar Ilan University in conjunction with Israeli mobile carriers. Meetings will also be held with representatives of Lockheed Martin, with the aim of persuading the company to expand its investment in Israel.

For those paying attention, former NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers recently joined Team8, a Unit 8200 start-up with headquarters in New York and Tel Aviv—it is considered the leading cyber-security think tank. In May of 2017, Rogers testified that Russia was behind the En Marche! data breach of then-French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.

For the time being, we will say that this industrialist is a well-connected U.S.-based billionaire behind numerous pro-Israel organizations such as Project Veritas and Rebel Media, and is involved with the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. This individual is also tied to the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC), David Horowitz Freedom Center and sits on the board of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF).

Stay tuned and take a guess or two in the comments below.


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