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Anonymous Official: Flame Malware Was Work of U.S. and Israel

Apparently newer cyberweapons already deployed against Iran

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Anonymous Official: Flame Malware Was Work of U.S. and Israel

Well, as many suspected, the Flame malware has been confirmed by a former high‐ranking U.S. intelligence official as being the work of the National Security Agency, the CIA ,and the Israeli Defense Force, a Washington Poststory published yesterday afternoon reports. Also as suspected, the purpose, along with that of Stuxnet, was to slow down Iran’s nuclear efforts.

The unnamed source was quoted by the Post as stating that they were only two elements of several covert actions being taken against Iran that are continuing today:

“This is about preparing the battlefield for another type of covert action… Cyber‐collection against the Iranian program is way further down the road than this.”

If I am interpreting this statement correctly, it means that other cyberweapons are being used against Iran that have not yet been discovered.

Let the hunt begin.

Now exactly why this former official would make his statement in light of the high profile U. S. government inquiry into leaks about classified cyberwar and other sensitive military information indicates either bravado, stupidity, a lack of fear about being discovered or being prosecuted if discovered. The latter – which could be because the former official has been legally authorized to provide the information – is getting my vote until proven otherwise.

Neither the US or Israeli governments would comment on the story. They don't really have the time to given there are so many former and current government officials who are incapable of following former U. S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gate's strategic communications advice when one is tempted to talk about classified information: "Shut the f--- up."

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How the FCC Settles Radio-Spectrum Turf Wars

Remember the 5G-airport controversy? Here’s how such disputes play out

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This photo shows a man in the basket of a cherry picker working on an antenna as an airliner passes overhead.

The airline and cellular-phone industries have been at loggerheads over the possibility that 5G transmissions from antennas such as this one, located at Los Angeles International Airport, could interfere with the radar altimeters used in aircraft.

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You’ve no doubt seen the scary headlines: Will 5G Cause Planes to Crash? They appeared late last year, after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration warned that new 5G services from AT&T and Verizon might interfere with the radar altimeters that airplane pilots rely on to land safely. Not true, said AT&T and Verizon, with the backing of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, which had authorized 5G. The altimeters are safe, they maintained. Air travelers didn’t know what to believe.

Another recent FCC decision had also created a controversy about public safety: okaying Wi-Fi devices in a 6-gigahertz frequency band long used by point-to-point microwave systems to carry safety-critical data. The microwave operators predicted that the Wi-Fi devices would disrupt their systems; the Wi-Fi interests insisted they would not. (As an attorney, I represented a microwave-industry group in the ensuing legal dispute.)

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