SECURITY FIRM Kaspersky has claimed that the infamous Stuxnet computer worm "badly infected" the internal network of an unnamed Russian nuclear plant after it caused chaos in Iran's nuclear facilities.
Speaking at a keynote presentation given at the Canberra Press Club 2013, Kaspersky CEO Eugene Kaspersky said a staffer at the unnamed nuclear plant informed him of the infection.
"[The staffer said] their nuclear plant network which was disconnected from the internet was badly infected by Stuxnet," Kaspersky said.
"So unfortunately these people who were responsible for offensive technologies, they recognise cyber weapons as an opportunity."
Stuxnet was discovered to have spread throughout industrial software and equipment in 2010 and is believed to have been created by the United States and Israel to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. According to Kaspersky's source, the malware was carried into the Russian nuclear plant and installed on a physically separated "air-gapped" network.
Kaspersky also made a rather outlandish joke during his speech, saying that all data is subject to theft. "All the data is stolen," Kaspersky said. "At least twice."
"If the claim of the Russian nuclear plant infection is true, then it's easy to imagine how this "collateral damage" could have turned into a very serious incident indeed, with obvious diplomatic repercussions," said security expert Graham Cluley.
"There is no way to independently verify the claim, of course. But it is a fact that Stuxnet managed to infect many computer systems outside of its intended target in Iran," Cluley added. "Indeed, the very fact that it spread out of control, was what lead to its discovery by security firms."
Earlier this year, Symantec claimed that the Stuxnet computer worm could date back further than 2010 and was more widespread than originally believed.
Symantec's report called "The Missing Link" found a build of the Stuxnet attack tool, dubbed Stuxnet 0.5, which it said dated back to 2005 and used different techniques to sabotage industrial facilities. µ
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