Mystery CyberWorm still wreaking havoc with Iran's nuclear system

Iran threatens to retaliate with long-term war…if they could ever figure out who staged the Cyber Terror Attack.

DEBKA Iran admitted it was under full-scale cyber terror attack. The official IRNA news agency quoted Hamid Alipour, deputy head of Iran’s government Information Technology Company, as saying that the Stuxnet computer worm “is mutating and wreaking further havoc on computerized industrial equipment.”

Stuxnet was no normal worm, he said: “The attack is still ongoing and new versions of this virus are spreading.”

Revolutionary Guards deputy commander Hossein Salami declared his force had all the defensive structures for fighting a long-term war against “the biggest and most powerful enemies” and was ready to defend the revolution with more advanced weapons than the past.

He stressed that defense systems have been designed for all points of the country, and a special plan devised for the Bushehr nuclear power plant. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that this indicates that the plant – and probably other nuclear facilities too – had been infected, although Iranian officials have insisted it has not, only the personal computers of its staff.

The Stuxnet spy worm has been created in line with the West’s electronic warfare against Iran,” said Mahmoud Liayi, secretary of the information technology council of the Industries Minister.

As for the origin of the Stuxnet attack, Hamid Alipour said: The hackers who enjoy “huge investments” from a series of foreign countries or organizations, designed the worm, which has affected at least 30,000 Iranian addresses, to exploit five different security vulnerabilities. This confirmed the impressions of Western experts that Stuxnet invaded Iran’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition systems through “zero-day” access.

Alipour added the malware, the first known worm to target large-scale systems and industrial complexes control systems, is also a serious threat to personal computers.

DEBKAfile’s Iranian and intelligence sources report that these statements are preparing the ground for Tehran to go beyond condemning the states or intelligence bodies alleged to have sponsored the cyber attack on Iranian infrastructure and military industries and retaliate against them militarily. Iran is acting in the role of victim of unprovoked, full-scale, cyber terror aggression.

‘Expert’ guesses that Israel did it but it will be virtually impossible to find out.

Oh those sneaky JOOOOOOS!

UK DAILY MAIL A computer virus called Stuxnet has been described as the most sophisticated ‘worm’ ever created and has already infected more than 45,000 networks worldwide.

Now internet security experts fear that Stuxnet, which was first detected in June, is the first ‘worm’ specifically created to target real-world infrastructure such as power stations and water plants.

And they say that it is so sophisticated that only a country with a high level of computer programming know-how would have been able to create it.

Many believe that it was designed to attack important industrial facilities in Iran including the Bushehr nuclear power plant which was originally due to open last month. It then launches an attack by reprogramming software to give any industrial machinery new, potentially dangerous, instructions.

It is capable of taking control of key processes and is able to set off a sequence that could cause the entire system to self-destruct, say experts.

David Emm, a senior security researcher at Kaspersky, said what made Stuxnet different from other viruses was its targeted nature. What sets it apart is that it is not indiscriminate. Most viruses that are created are normally blasted out like a blunderbuss. But Stuxnet is written to only target a certain systems. ‘It finds flaws in code and uses it like an open window in a house, like a jemmy to make a bigger gap’, he said.

He said that Stuxnet appeared to have been designed purely for sabotage.

Ralph Langner, a German cyber-security researcher, has reverse-engineered the Stuxnet code and made his findings public. He said he is convinced the virus was designed to seek out and destroy key pieces of infrastructure.

He said: ‘Stuxnet is a 100-percent-directed cyber attack aimed at destroying an industrial process in the physical world. This is not about espionage, as some have said. This is a 100 percent sabotage attack.’

Mr Langer believes that the Bushehr nuclear plant was the intended target for the attack. He says that the sophistication of the virus means that only a ‘nation state’ could have developed it.