By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
November 29, 2010
The Stuxnet worm hit centrifuges used to enrich uranium at Iran's
nuclear sites, the Reuters news agency quoted Iran's President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad as saying Monday.
According to the report, Ahmadinejad said that enemies of Iran
"succeeded in creating problems for a limited number of our centrifuges
with the software they had installed in electronic parts," speaking in a
news conference. "They did a bad thing. Fortunately our experts
discovered that and today they are not able (to do that) anymore," he
The comments apparently provide confirmation that Iran's nuclear program
was indeed the target of the most talked-about computer worm of the
year. Discovered in July, Stuxnet is the first worm designed to attack
industrial systems such as power plants or nuclear reactors.
Iran had previously confirmed that the worm affected systems in the
country, including non-critical systems at a nuclear reactor. But this
is the first time it has said that Stuxnet also affected centrifuges.
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