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Iran Confirms Stuxnet Damage To Nuclear Facilities – OpEd

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The AP is reporting confirmation from Iranian sources that Stuxnet, which I’ve posted about here, has caused extensive damage with the country’s computer and industrial system:

Iranian media reports say the country’s nuclear agency is trying to combat a complex computer worm that has affected industrial sites in Iran and is capable of taking over power plants.

The semi-official ISNA news agency says Iranian nuclear experts met this week to discuss how to remove the malicious computer code, dubbed Stuxnet, which can take over systems that control the inner workings of industrial plants.

Experts in Germany discovered the worm in July. It has since shown up in attacks in Iran, Indonesia, India and the U.S.

Friday’s report said the malware had spread throughout Iran, but did not elaborate. Foreign media reports have speculated the worm was aimed at disrupting Iran’s first nuclear power plant, which is to go online in October.

Until now, western security experts were the only ones reporting on and analyzing Stuxnet.  No Iranian sources were willing to speak publicly about it.  But the fact that this article quotes “Iranian nuclear experts” confirms that the worm has infected Iran’s nuclear complexes.  The only thing left to know is whether the most damaged site was Natanz, the only known plant enriching uranium which might be used in producing a nuclear weapon, as I’ve speculated.

Well, that’s not exactly the only thing left to know.  An equally intriguing question is who devised and planted the malware (how they did it would be interesting as well).  The Iranians can’t very well blame Israel or the U.S. because to do so would acknowledge the damage Stuxnet has caused.

This article was published at Tikun Olam


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Richard Silverstein

Richard Silverstein

Richard Silverstein is an author, journalist and blogger, with articles appearing in Haaretz, the Jewish Forward, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian’s Comment Is Free, Al Jazeera English, and Alternet. His work has also been in the Seattle Times, American Conservative Magazine, Beliefnet and Tikkun Magazine, where he is on the advisory board. Check out Silverstein's blog at Tikun Olam, one of the earliest liberal Jewish blogs, which he has maintained since February, 2003.

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