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[ISN] Iran says nuclear facilities under periodic cyber attack, but are immune to the threat


Associated Press
February 13, 2012

TEHRAN, Iran -- A senior Iranian military official said Monday that Tehranâs nuclear and other industrial facilities suffer periodic cyber attacks, but that the country has the technology to protect itself from the threat, an official news agency reported.

Iran considers itself to have been waging a complicated cyber war since 2010, when a virus known as Stuxnet disrupted controls of some nuclear centrifuges.

âMost enemy threats target nuclear energy sites as well as electronic trade and banking operations,â said Gholam Reza Jalali, who heads an Iranian military unit in charge of combatting sabotage.

Jalali said that in addition to Stuxnet, Iran has discovered two espionage viruses, Stars and Doku, but that the malware did no harm to Iranâs nuclear or industrial sites.

Iran says Stuxnet and other computer virus attacks are part of a concerted campaign by Israel, the U.S. and their allies to undermine its nuclear program.


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