Second Malicious Computer Virus Hits Iran

Posted: April 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

Second Malicious Computer Virus Hits Iran

Updated: Monday, 25 Apr 2011, 5:33 AM PDT           

Iran says damage from the new ‘Stars’ virus is low

Published : Monday, 25 Apr 2011, 5:33 AM PDT

(NewsCore) – TEHRAN — Iran has been hit by new malicious software as part of cyber attacks against the country, the second after the Stuxnet worm reportedly targeted its nuclear program, a military official said.

“Certain characteristics about the ‘Stars’ virus have been identified, including that it is compatible with the [targeted] system,” Gholam Reza Jalali, commander of the Iranian civil defense organization, told the Mehr news agency.

“In the initial stage, the damage is low and it is likely to be mistaken for governmental executable files,” Jalali said, adding that Iranian experts were still investigating the full scope of the malware’s abilities.

He did not say what kind of equipment the virus was targeting or when and how it had been spotted.

Tehran was hit with another computer worm, Stuxnet, last year, reportedly designed to hurt the Islamic republic’s controversial nuclear program.

Iran has accused its arch-foes in Washington and Israel of launching Stuxnet, which was publicly identified last June and reportedly mutated and infected at least 30,000 pieces of computerized industrial equipment in the following months.

Copyright 2011 AFP. All rights reserved.

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