IRANIAN AUTHORITIES are investigating a fresh malware threat that has hit its government systems, it is too early to compare it with last year's Stuxnet attack and details about the incident are currently slight.
According to reports the Stars virus is capable of doing a little damage, but there is no clear information about where it came from and what it was intending to do, apart from the fact it was trying to disguise itself as legitimate government files.
Iran's cyber defence has been on high alert after the discovery of Stuxnet last year, which was a sophisticated and technologically advanced worm believed to have been created specifically with the aim of causing damage to Iran's nuclear program.
This is due to its complexity and nature, as it avoids causing damage to anything apart from its specified targets. Experts believe that this proves it was created with foreign state involvement.
Gholamreza Jalali, who broke the news about Stars, previously had suggested that Stuxnet was the work of the US and Israel and could have caused large scale accidents by targeting specific Siemens devices used in controlling nuclear fuel enrichment centrifuges.
But so far, nothing about the Stars malware suggests that it's any different from the thousands of malware threats we see every day on the Internet. µ
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