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In 2011, US spy agencies carried out 231 offensive cyberattacks, primarily targeted at Iran, Russia, North Korea, and China, The Washington Post reported Friday.
The Post also revealed that under a $652 million project called "Genie," US agencies broke into foreign computer networks, placing "covert implants" on "tens of thousands of machines every year." What's more, US intelligence services intend to broaden those numbers into the millions.
One of the most high-profile examples of an offensive cyberoperation is Stuxnet, a sophisticated computer virus, believed to have been created by the US and Israel, that was used to attack a nuclear enrichment facility in Iran in 2010.