New virus may herald Stuxnet-style attack on Iran nuclear program - Haaretz
Security software firm Symantec says new program called ‘Duqu’ may be a precursor for an attack similar to that which reportedly crippled Iran’s nuclear program.
First there was the Stuxnet computer virus that wreaked havoc on Iran’s nuclear program. Now comes “Duqu,” which researchers on Tuesday said appears to be quite similar.
Iranian officials have confirmed earlier this year that the Stuxnet virus hit staff computers at the Bushehr plant but said it had not affected major systems.
[Translation: It has affected major systems.]
Reports have also surfaced that the computer worm was meant to sabotage the uranium enrichment facility at Natanz - where the centrifuge operational capacity has halved over the past year.
Security experts say the computer worm may have been a state-sponsored attack on Iran’s nuclear program and may have originated in the United States or Israel.