Iran: Agency Says New Virus Identified In Cyber Attacks


The head of an Iranian civil defense organization says Iran has identified a new computer virus as part of cyber attacks against the country.

Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency quoted Gholam Reza Jalali on Monday saying the so-called Stars virus is compatible with the targeted computer system, but he did not specify the target or what the virus might do.

He said investigators are working to learn more about the code.

Earlier this month, Jalali said Israel and the United States were behind a computer virus that hampered Iran’s nuclear program after the virus emerged last year.

He said an investigation showed the so-called Stuxnet virus gathered and returned information to sites in the two countries.

Analysts have said the Stuxnet attack targeted Iran’s new Bushehr power plant, but Iranian officials say it did not affect the plant’s major systems.

Some Western nations suspect Iran is enriching uranium as part of a nuclear weapons program. Tehran has insisted its nuclear program is peaceful.


The VOA is the Voice of America

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