Iran detects second cyber attack

Last year Iran was hit by one of the first ever ‘guided cyber missile’ which targeted their nuclear program, that Iran claims to be peaceful. The attack was a setback for Iran as it delayed start-up several times and the nuclear plant -- "Bushehr" -- which it was hit with the attack, still isn't operational.

Today Iran announced that they have been hit by yet another computer virus named ‘Stars’ which is currently under investigation.

Iran’s commander of civil defense, Gholamreza Jalali said “Fortunately, our young experts have been able to discover this virus and the Stars virus is now in the laboratory for more investigations. The particular characteristics of the Stars virus have been discovered.” said Jalali. "The virus is congruous and harmonious with the (computer) system and in the initial phase it does minor damage and might be mistaken for some executive files of government organizations." He later said that the intended impact and target for the virus hadn’t been specified.

Stuxnet, the worm which infected the computers at the nuclear plant last year was said to still be a potential risk, although Iran claimed it had neutralized the worm before it did any significant damage. The computers were infected -- although Iran claims the plant wasn’t harmed -- a claim which analysts speculate was false.

Speaking about Stuxnet, Jalali said “We should know that fighting the Stuxnet virus does not mean the threat has been completely tackled, because viruses have a certain life span and they might continue their activities in another way. Perhaps the Foreign Ministry had overlooked the options to legally pursue the case, and it seems our diplomatic apparatus should pay more attention to follow up the cyber wars staged against Iran."

Stuxnet was apparently aimed solely at the country’s uranium enrichment program, which was working on creating fuel for the power plant. Analysts worry because the plant also has the capability to create the matter for an atom bomb. The worm was said to be so advanced that it was likely a government effort to develop it, and Iran later blamed Israel and the US for the attacks.

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Wouldn't it be a smart idea to have the entire plant isolated (offline), and no external access allowed (USB or other media)...

garychencool said,
Uh, again? Have they done anything to make their systems more secure?

i still found this funny

Yes, they are keeping up to date on all the AVG updates. Isn't that enough?

probably some Japanese Chimp executed the virus (nothing to do with Japan, just their chimps seems to be smarter than humans all over the world)

"The worm was said to be so advanced that it was likely a government effort to develop it, and Iran later blamed Israel and the US for the attacks."

Obviously.

i really hate the fact that their Nuclear station on gulf coast

i bet they deliberately constructed their

when it goes boom!! ,screw gulf inhabitant !

Ci7 said,
i really hate the fact that their Nuclear station on gulf coast

i bet they deliberately constructed their

when it goes boom!! ,screw gulf inhabitant !

Israel is more likely to go boom. Unless they can defend themselves.

apparently it was bought in on an infected USB stick by a worker and the warez version of McAffee didn't have a problem with it so let it go round doing it's thing

Athlonite said,
apparently it was bought in on an infected USB stick by a worker and the warez version of McAffee didn't have a problem with it so let it go round doing it's thing

I read some of the things Stuxnet did and how they traced its steps. It's in fact the scariest virus I've ever read about. This thing was smarter than a tactical nuke strike. It was like guiding it's way through the house just to hit a specific room with that nuke strike instead of just dropping itself on the whole house.

SpeedyTheSnail said,
WTF are computers that are supposed to operate secure facilities doing connected to a network, or even updates from attachable devices?

+1

Jombi said,
Hmm, odd. Wonder who they'll blame it on this time.

Israel of course. Thats the standard answer for everything.

FMH said,
I am quite surprised at their openness about it. Seems very unlike of them.

Are they open or are using a PR campaign to point fingers at countries for there failures ?? I do not believe any Govt including my own.

Jombi said,
I thought the same thing...

It will be another ploy to throw blame at Western powers and their allies, just like everyone else does when something happens in the world anymore.

I know something about security of iran internally, and it's complete ****, I'm not going to go into more depth but it's their own fault.