April 17, 2011

Iranian Officials Claim US And Israel Behind Stuxnet

IRNA news agency reports that the Iranian officials believe the U.S. and Israel are behind the computer worm Stuxnet designed to hurt Iran's controversial nuclear program.

"Investigations and studies show that the source of Stuxnet originates from America and the Zionist regime," the commander of the Iranian civil defense organization, Gholam Reza Jalali, told IRNA.

Stuxnet was publicly identified last June and it reportedly wreaked havoc on computerized industrial equipment in Iran.

The worm was reportedly targeting the Bushehr nuclear power plant, reportedly causing several technical problems and delays.

IRNA reported that Jalali said that once the worm mounts on a system, it begins to gather information and then sends reports from the infected machines to designated Internet addresses.

"After following up the reports that were sent, it became clear that the final destinations (of these reports) were the Zionist regime and the American state of Texas," he was quoted as saying by IRNA.

Ralph Langer, a Germany computer security expert, said in March that he believes the U.S. and Israel's intelligence services helped develop the computer worm to sabotage Iran's efforts to make a nuclear bomb.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in November 2010 that uranium enrichment had suffered problems caused by the malware but added that the issues had been resolved.