Iran says Bushehr nuclear plant not damaged by Stuxnet

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Iran says Bushehr nuclear plant not damaged by Stuxnet

Post#1 » Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:38 pm

This has the stench of Israel all over it. Time for some payback, no?

Iran says Bushehr nuclear plant not damaged by Stuxnet

TEHRAN (Reuters) – A computer virus that experts said may have been created by a state did not affect Iran's nuclear plant or government systems, but did hit computers of staff at the plant and Internet providers, officials said on Sunday.

A senior official at U.S. technology company Symantec told Reuters on Friday that 60 percent of the computers worldwide infected by the so-called Stuxnet worm were in Iran, prompting speculation that the nuclear power plant may have been targeted in an attempt at sabotage or espionage.

Some Western cyber security companies suggested the attack could only have been conducted "with nation-state support," indicating industrial plants in the Islamic state were the target.

The head of the Bushehr nuclear power plant said the virus had only affected personal computers of staff.

"A team is inspecting several computers to remove the malware ... major systems of the plant have not been damaged," Mahmoud Jafari told the official IRNA news agency.

Russia was fiercely criticized by the West for involvement in completing the long-mothballed plant. Moscow says the plant is purely civilian.


Iran's Telecommunications Minister Reza Taqipour said the worm had not been able to "penetrate or cause serious damage to government systems," the state-run newspaper Iran Daily reported.

Authorities said Iran had identified some 30,000 Internet providers infected by the Stuxnet worm, blaming Iran's "foreign enemies for creating the virus."

Diplomats and security sources say Western governments and Israel view sabotage as one way of slowing Iran's nuclear work, which the West fears is aimed at building bombs. Tehran says it needs nuclear technology to generate electricity.

The malware attacks software programs that run Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, or SCADA, systems. Such systems are used to monitor automated plants -- from food and chemical facilities to power generators.

"The Stuxnet spy worm has been created in line with the West's electronic warfare against Iran," the newspaper quoted Mahmoud Liayi, secretary of the Information Technology Council of the Industries Ministry, as saying.

Israel, which is assumed to have the Middle East's only atomic arsenal, has hinted it could attack Iran's nuclear facilities if international diplomacy fails to curb the country's program. Iran refuses to recognize Israel.

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Iran nuke SCADAs saturated with Stuxnet infection

Post#2 » Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:56 pm

Cui bono???
Israel of course.

Iran nuke SCADAs saturated with Stuxnet infection

The Iranian government agency that oversees the country's nuclear facilities reported today that engineers are attempting to defend against "Stuxnet," a Windows-specific worm attacking industrial plants throughout the nation. The malware seeks out industrial systems made by Siemens. It has also been spotted in other countries, but Iran appears to be most heavily impacted country, by far. Affected nuclear sites in Iran include those the US believes are part of a nuclear weapons program.

But the announcement raised suspicions, and new questions, about the origins and target of the worm, Stuxnet, which computer experts say is a far cry from common computer malware that has affected the Internet for years. A worm is a self-replicating malware computer program. A virus is malware that infects its target by attaching itself to programs or documents.

Stuxnet, which was first publicly identified several months ago, is aimed solely at industrial equipment made by Siemens that controls oil pipelines, electric utilities, nuclear facilities and other large industrial sites. While it is not clear that Iran was the main target -- the infection has also been reported in Indonesia, Pakistan, India and elsewhere -- a disproportionate number of computers inside Iran appear to have been struck, according to reports by computer security monitors.

More: New York Times, BBC, NYT Bits Blog, Al Jazeera. Stuxnet was discovered this June and has been the topic of discussion in security circles since; a Symantec advisory is here.

Symantec plans to release more technical analysis of Stuxnet in a paper to be released at the Virus Bulletin Conference on September 29th.

Not a word about this on the English-language website for Iran's official news agency, not yet anyway.

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Post#3 » Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:43 am

Most definitely Zionists at work.

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