September 29, 2010
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi says enemy efforts to infect Iranian nuclear systems with a computer virus have failed.
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“We began taking computer security and safety measures since last year and over the past two months these safety measures have been intensified. Fortunately, we succeeded in preventing the enemy from achieving it objectives,” IRNA quoted Salehi as saying on Wednesday.
He added that all efforts to infect Iranian computers had failed as the country’s experts were capable in countering all threats.
“This [experience] led us to gain access to many technical measures and reach complete safety.”
The Iranian nuclear chief reiterated that the country has the ability to counter “software war.”
Salehi went on to say that the virus had not attacked the main system of the plant but was seen on the personal computers of some staff members.
The remark came after Western media claimed that computers at the Bushehr nuclear plant in southern Iran had been infected with the Stuxnet worm.
The Windows-specific malware targets computers using SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) — a control system favored by industries managing water supplies, oil rigs, and power plants.