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Iran Nuclear Site Hit By Computer Worm

From Al Jazeera:

Iran ‘attacked’ by computer worm

Iran’s nuclear agency trying to combat a virus capable of taking over systems that control power plants, media says.

25 Sep 2010

Iran’s nuclear agency is trying to combat a complex computer worm that has affected industrial sites throughout the country and is capable of taking over the control systems of power plants, Iranian media reports have said.

Experts from the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran met this week to discuss how to remove the malicious computer code, or worm, the semi-official Isna news agency reported on Friday.

No damage or disruption of nuclear facilities has yet been reported, however. The computer worm, dubbed Stuxnet, can take over systems that control the inner workings of industrial plants.

Experts in Germany discovered the worm in July, and it has since shown up in a number of attacks – primarily in Iran, Indonesia, India and the US…

Isna said the malware had spread throughout Iran, but did not name specific sites affected. Foreign media reports have speculated the worm was aimed at disrupting Iran’s first nuclear power plant, which is to go online in October in the southern port city of Bushehr

The destructive Stuxnet worm has surprised experts because it is the first one specifically created to take over industrial control systems, rather than just steal or manipulate data

What’s the problem? It’s just a nuclear reactor.

Western experts have said the worm’s sophistication – and the fact that about 60 per cent of computers infected looked to be in Iran – pointed to a government-backed attack.

Meaning, of course, those damn Zionists.

Washington is also tracking the worm, and the Department of Homeland Security is building specialised teams that can respond quickly to cyber emergencies at industrial facilities across the US.

So don’t worry, Mr. Obama will give Iran the fix for this worm as soon as possible.

By the way, according to an earlier Al Jazeera report, the same experts in Germany who discovered the worm claim that it may have been caused by using non-licensed Windows software.

It looks like the Islamic Republic of Iran was trying to save a few bucks by using bootlegged software. Isn’t that reassuring?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Iran Nuclear Site Hit By Computer Worm”

  1. untrainable says:

    Talk about your fatal error. Blue screen of death.


  2. fallingpianos says:

    “Did you plug the security hole yet, Daddy?”

    • JohnMG says:

      He could accomplish more for national security if he’d just plug his pie-hole.

      Besides, he’s probably the only one still listening to him when he speaks. For the rest of us, our eyes glaze over and we mentally begin contemplating our grocery list or our next trip to the Goodwill Store.

  3. beautyofreason says:

    May peace (and many “blue screens of death”) fall upon them.

  4. Tater Salad says:

    What kind of worm was it? Tape worm that is found in the intestines of a pig?

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    Perhaps they stoned the system for being for being an infidel slow processor and in fact not a worm / virus.

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