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Operation “Olympics Games." Cyber-sabotage, as a tool of American intelligence aimed to counteract the development of Iran's nuclear program


[ 1 ] Instytut Bezpieczeństwa Państwa, Wydział Bezpieczeństwa Narodowego, Akademia Sztuki Wojennej | [ P ] employee

Scientific discipline (Law 2.0)

[5.3] Safety studies

Year of publication


Published in

Security and Defence Quarterly

Journal year: 2020 | Journal volume: vol. 29 | Journal number: no. 2

Article type

scholarly article

Publication language


  • Bezpieczeństwo teleinformatyczne
  • Broń masowego rażenia
  • Cyberterroryzm
  • Izrael
  • Iran
  • Służby wywiadowcze wojska
  • Wywiad amerykański
  • Wywiad wojskowy
  • Cyber attack
  • Cybersecurity
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Military intelligence
  • United States of America
  • Weapons of mass destruction

EN The purpose of the article is to analyse Operation “Olympic Games” including, in particular, to indicate the political background to the activities aimed at preventing the development of Iran’s nuclear programme, and to examine the preparation and conduct of the operation, the involvement of the US and Israeli intelligence services, and the use of intelligence methods and sources. An equally important objective is to indicate the real consequences of the cyberattack with the Stuxnet virus. In the research process, a critical analysis of literature in the field of Intelligence Studies and source materials (including legal acts, strategies, reports, and other official studies of the entities forming the US Intelligence Community) was carried out. The example of Operation Olympics Games shows that complex cyber-sabotage operations resulting in the destruction of critical infrastructure on a large scale require the involvement of numerous state resources and advanced cyber activities, and the use of many different methods and intelligence sources. Thus, strong states with well-developed intelligence capabilities are much more capable of effectively using cyber-sabotage on a large scale.

Date of online publication


Pages (from - to)

53 - 61





Bibliografia, netografia na stronach 60-61.

License type

CC BY-NC-ND (attribution - noncommercial - no derivatives)

Open Access Mode

open journal

Open Access Text Version

final published version

Date of Open Access to the publication

moment of the publication

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