Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Iran attacked by second computer virus

Iran has confirmed that they are once again under attack by a computer virus, in what is being described as a “cyber war” waged by its enemies. Last year, the country was hit by a Stuxnet virus that aimed to cripple its nuclear program.

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.”

“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 did not specify the target of Stars or its intended impact.

The Stuxnet worm, described by experts as the first ever “guided cyber missile”, is still said to be of potential risk although Iran does claim that it had curbed it before it could do any significant damage.

“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,” Jalali said.

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