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Iran says nuclear plant unaffected by virus as industrial computers struck

September 26, 2010|From Bloomberg

Iran said its Bushehr nuclear power plant is safe after confirming some of its industrial computers have been targeted by a computer worm and that it is working to counter the cyber-attack.

"The main systems of the Bushehr nuclear power plant have not been damaged," Mahmoud Jahfari, the plants project manager, told the official Islamic Republic News Agency today. "Investigations show that some private software of the power plants employees have been contaminated."

The cyber assault has had no impact on the operations of the plant, Jahfari said.

The IP addresses of 30,000 computer systems infected by the Stuxnet worm have been detected, state-run Mehr news agency reported earlier, citing Mahmoud Liaii, director of the Information Technology Council of the Ministry of Industries and Mines.

A worm is a self-replicating piece of malicious software, or malware.

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