Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Iran Hit by "Stars" Virus

No reliable word on what its purpose was or how much damage it did, but the safe bet would be Iran's nuclear facility. The second attack (Stuxnet being the first) means that Iran did not plug the holes that let Stuxnet slip in. It is cleaner then a physical strike, and is hopefully even more effective.


"Iran’s nuclear program has been hit by a new ‘cyber attack’, the country claims.

As Reuters reports, Iran says that it has identified a new hostile worm called ‘Stars’. The attack follows Stuxnet, a worm that mysteriously appeared around the world last year before it emerged that it appeared to be specifically designed as a way of stalling Iran’s nuclear program by interfering with uranium enrichment technology
There’s no word as to whether the new Stars worm has targeted Iran’s nuclear problem or other parts of the regime. Iran’s commander of civil defense, Gholamreza Jalali told the country’s Mehr news agency ”The virus is congruous and harmonious with the (computer) system and in the initial phase it does minor damage and might be mistaken for some executive files of government organisations.”

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