Nuclear reactor isn't using a licensed copy of WinCC

When building a multi-million dollar nuclear reactor there are few areas that nobody would want to skimp on. When a leak of radiation could effectively kill and make a vast area inhabitable for quite some time you would think that no details would be overlooked right?

Below is a picture of the console of a newly built nuclear power plant in Iran. The console, for those who don't know, runs the entire plant and maintains that all safeguards remain active and in place; effectively, it prevents an entire meltdown. With such a high valued piece of equipment you would think that the Iranians would have splurged for a licensed copy of WinCC!

It is not known if the plant is operational yet as it has been a heated battle between Iran and the UN about Iran's intentions with nuclear capabilities. The issue here is not if they should have nuclear power but that they should at least make sure the software running the plant, is in fact, capable of running all the operations with no chance of a meltdown!

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Simple licence expiry message, nothing to do with Windows. It's the software that has expired.
Shouldn't these news items be checked before being posted?

"When building a multi-million dollar nuclear reactor there are few areas that anyone would want to skimp on." Dont you mean "there are few areas that nobody would want to skimp on"?

Correct me if i'm wrong but is it possible it's impossible for them to get the license?
I'm guessing WinCC is from a US-based company and if í'm correct US companies can't trade/work with companies in Iran?

There was some list of countries that are out of bounds for trading... forgot it's name...

Most everything media related in the Middle East is pirated software. I highly doubt any of them own anything on legal media. When I was deployed to Iraq the Iraqis allowed to sell stuff on base sold most everything (movies, PS2 games, PC software) on copied discs.

Who cares about the license, I'd be a bit more concerned that pictures like this are being leaked onto the web.

CIA (you tax dollars at work) is working for you providing with the latest on FUD.

WinCC can be used as a virtualization (testing, debug and so on) or simply as a non-functional panel. There are not warranty that this wincc interface is functional or even yet if it is real or not, a single Scada diagram says nothing.

this has to be the most useless bit of news ever posted on Neowin. It was completely incorrect in it's original claim and if you look at the other pictures of the console the error is not on screen; maybe the picture was taken of an out of service console or during setup... whatever, seriously POOR front page news.

nb. i've never in all my time here posted one of these "poor news" rambles, but this one really takes the biscuit.

It's a siemens product designed fo control factory systems, or in this case, nuclear power. It's not a microsoft product, it has nothing to do with microsoft, it might possibly run on windows ce, or xp embedded, but it is not an ms product.

Considering theres no external link to the "real" story, I'm gonna call BS on this one...... The only other links i can find on this story are basically reposts from Neowin and forum discussions... I doubt very much that this story has any validity whatsoever. Someone probably found a picture of some reactor monitoring software, edited it, and posted it to deceive. :p

If anyone can find a link from a REAL news source, please feel free to correct me.

sbrum said,
http://www.upi.com/News_Photos/Features/Nu...in_Iran/1581/2/

The only problem with this story is this comment:

"The console, for those who don't know, runs the entire plant and maintains that all safeguards remain active and in place; effectively, it prevents an entire meltdown. "

A source on this comment would be nice.


yeah it's a bull****, the console just allows for visual confirmation, the safeguards would not fail because of the console computer failing. Really a non-story

American government has brainwashed some people really good. If it was true it would have been all over the western media. Axis of evil, my azz.

Why is that microsoft windows logo still there? It has nothing to do with it other than the fact that it looks like they're running windows 2000.

Yea this is stupid, the story should be retracted... it shows as one of those banners on the top of the homepage like it is some super important thing...

1: It's just a screen shot of an application... 2: It has nothing to do with windows.

WIN for the first person to come up with a similar screen shot, put license expire on it, and say it's from a Nuclear Silo in the midwest!

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