10/3/2010

Iran claims it has arrested Stuxnet worm cyber-spies

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 3:56 am

Iran, which acknowledged earlier that many of the computers in its nuclear operations have been attacked by the Stuxnet worm, has arrested an unspecified number of “nuclear spies,” its intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi, said Saturday. No details on the arrests were given, and the arrests could not be independently verified.

The Stuxnet worm targets Siemens SCADA, or “supervisory control and data acquisition” systems. Those systems are commonly used to manage oil rigs, power plants, water facilities, and other industrial plants.

Because of the sophistication of the Stuxnet worm, many believe it was developed by some government’s cyber intelligence agency, and was created with Iran as a specific target. The worm has surfaced in other countries as well, however.

 

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