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Iran detects Duqu infections

Claims attempted nuclear sabotage
Mon Nov 14 2011, 12:25

THE IRANIAN government claims it has identified incidents of the Duqu computer virus that it says are targeting its nuclear sites.

Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran's civil defense organisation told the official IRNA news agency that many of the sites' computers are at risk and are being checked out. According to its statements Iran has also developed software for tackling Duqu.

"We are in the initial phase of fighting the Duqu virus," said Jalali, according to Reuters.

"The final report which says which organisations the virus has spread to and what its impacts are has not been completed yet. All the organisations and centers that could be susceptible to being contaminated are being controlled."

Iran's nuclear fuel plants were damaged by the Stuxnet virus that was designed to attack industrial systems, and more recently Iran said it had been the victim of a Stars attack. While Stars was thought to be a minimal threat, the same cannot be said for the brace of other attacks.

In the case of Stuxnet Iran blamed Siemens for its role in the attacks, saying that the German company was in cahoots with its enemies.

"The Siemens company must be held accountable and explain how and why it provided the enemies with the information about the codes of SCADA software and paved the way for a cyber attack against us," said Jalali in April. µ


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