Worm hits computers of staff at Iran nuclear plant
TEHRAN, Iran ‚Äď A complex computer worm capable of seizing control of industrial plants has affected the personal computers of staff working at Iran's first nuclear power station weeks before the facility is to go online, the official news agency reported Sunday.
The project manager at the Bushehr nuclear plant, Mahmoud Jafari, said a team is trying to remove the malware from several affected computers, though it "has not caused any damage to major systems of the plant," the IRNA news agency reported.
It was the first sign that the malicious computer code, dubbed Stuxnet, which has spread to many industries in Iran, has also affected equipment linked to the country's nuclear program, which is at the core of the dispute between Tehran and Western powers like the United States.
Experts in Germany discovered the worm in July, and it has since shown up in a number of attacks ‚ÄĒ primarily in Iran,...
But unfortunately, 'The IRNA news agency quoted the head of the Bushehr nuclear plant, Mahmoud Jafari, as saying a team is inspecting several computers to remove the malware, but that it "has not caused any damage to major systems of the plant."' from, Worm hits worker's computers at Iran nuclear plant
I have been unable to confirm that the Russian-built Iranian nuclear facility uses embedded controller hardware from the German industrial giant Siemens. I can find no evidence that this nuclear power plant's control systems are vulnerable to this attack. All of this speculation is hyperbolic and far-fetched unless someone can establish that the power plant actually uses Siemens hardware. Siemens denies that it does, saying they have not had a presence in Iran in 30 years (i.e. when the Shah fell), but it is unclear if the Russian builders could be using this hardware. Since Russian nuclear technology was developed during the cold war, I wonder if they would use Siemens technology.