Monday, April 25, 2011

Another Virus (Reportedly) Hits Iran-- the Stars Worm

This is coming from the state-controlled media in the Islamic Republic of Iran, so take it with a grain of salt. Despite the probability of some sort of distortion, the root idea of this story is most likely true.

According to Iran, the country has been hit by another computer worm. This comes after the Stuxnet worm almost knocked out its Bushehr reactor last year.

"Stars" is the second serious computer worm to hit Iran in the past eight months. Late last year, a powerful virus known as Stuxnet targeted the country's nuclear facilities and other industrial sites.
Iran has acknowledged that Stuxnet affected a limited number of centrifuges — a key component in the production of nuclear fuel — at its main uranium enrichment facility in the central city of Natanz. But Tehran has said its scientists discovered and neutralized the malware before it could cause serious damage.
Jalali downplayed the impact of Stars, but said it is "harmonious" with computer systems and "inflicts minor damage in the initial stage and might be mistaken for executive files of governmental organizations."


Cross-posted at WorldThreats.

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