Iran media report new cyber-attack by Stuxnet worm
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Iran media report new cyber-attack by Stuxnet worm

Computer experts were able to stop the virus, local civil defense chief says

Iran's heavy water nuclear facilities near the central city of Arak, 150 miles southwest of Tehran (photo credit: AP/ISNA, Hamid Foroutan)
Iran's heavy water nuclear facilities near the central city of Arak, 150 miles southwest of Tehran (photo credit: AP/ISNA, Hamid Foroutan)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian semi-official news agency says there has been another cyber-attack by the sophisticated computer worm Stuxnet, this time on the industries in the country’s south.

Tuesday’s report by ISNA quotes provincial civil defense chief Ali Akbar Akhavan as saying the virus targeted a power plant and some other industries in Hormozgan province in recent months.

Akhavan says Iranian computer experts were able to “successfully stop” the worm.

Iran has repeatedly claimed defusing cyber worms and malware, including Stuxnet and Flame viruses that targeted the vital oil sector, which provides 80 percent of the country’s foreign revenue.

Tehran has said both worms are part of a secret US-Israeli program that seeks to destabilize Iran’s nuclear program.

The West suspects Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program, a charge Tehran denies.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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