Dutch Mole Aided the U.S.-Israeli Stuxnet Cyberattack on Iran

September 7, 2019 in News by RBN Staff

source: deepstateblog.org

One intelligence service may need another–or two to successfully mount a covert operation. Case in point: the U.S.-Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear program. Its long been known that the United States and Israel collaborated on creating a computer virus known as Stuxnet.  The virus caused the Iranian computers controlling centrifuges used to enrich uranium to malfunction.

What was not known until now was how the CIA and Mossad managed to introduce the virus into high-security Iranian facilities.

Yahoo News now has the answer.

An Iranian engineer recruited by the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD provided critical data that helped the U.S. developers target their code to the systems at Natanz, according to four intelligence sources. That mole then provided much-needed inside access when it came time to slip Stuxnet onto those systems using a USB flash drive.

The Dutch were asked in 2004 to help the CIA and Mossad get access to the plant, but it wasn’t until three years later that the mole, who posed as a mechanic working for a front company doing work at Natanz, delivered the digital weapon to the targeted systems. “[T]he Dutch mole was the most important way of getting the virus into Natanz,” one of the sources told Yahoo.

The team approach was needed because of the technical complexity of penetrating Iran’s networks.