Cyber-attack did not affect Iran nuclear programme: official

Jan 20, 2011
Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh gives a press conference in Moscow. A cyber-attack that targeted Iranian nuclear centrifuges producing enriched uranium in November did not affect the country's nuclear programme, Soltanieh said in Moscow on Thursday.

A cyber-attack that targeted Iranian nuclear centrifuges producing enriched uranium in November did not affect the country's nuclear programme, an Iranian official said in Moscow on Thursday.

"The viruses could not do anything to the Iranian centrifuges and did not affect the functioning of the Bushehr nuclear power plant either," Iran's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency said at a news conference of its first atomic power plant being built by Russia.

"I don't think there will be problems in that area. The Bushehr will be operational and there will not be a second Chernobyl," ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh said, referring to the Ukrainian nuclear disaster in 1986.

"Nothing can stop enriching uranium in Iran, neither the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council, nor sanctions, nor viruses," the ambassador said.

In an interview aired Monday on NBC News, Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili blamed the United States for the cyber-attack on what he insisted is a peaceful programme to develop nuclear energy, not weapons.

His comments came after The New York Times reported at the weekend that US and Israeli intelligence services collaborated to develop the destructive computer worm in a bid to sabotage Iran's efforts to make a nuclear bomb.

In November Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad admitted that several enrichment had suffered problems caused by malware, in an apparent reference to the computer virus Stuxnet, but said they had been resolved.

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Blakut
5 / 5 (1) Jan 20, 2011
Of course it didn't affect the nuclear program, the centrifuges are spun by camels. They don't need internet...
Javinator
1 / 5 (1) Jan 20, 2011
In November Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad admitted that several uranium enrichment had suffered problems


What?
Vendicar_Decarian
1 / 5 (1) Jan 21, 2011
We won't know for a few more years if this act of war perpetrated on Iran by Israel and the U.S. was actually a success or not.

What we do know is that Suxnet is now a technology that Iran possesses.
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Jan 21, 2011
We won't know for a few more years if this act of war perpetrated on Iran by Israel and the U.S. was actually a success or not.

What we do know is that Suxnet is now a technology that Iran possesses.

That we don't have to worry about. That was the beauty of Stuxnet. It was a tailored weapon directed for these particular devices.

We've slowed Iran;'s nuclear ambition down enough so that talks can begin again. By the time they're ready to build a bomb, I think we'll see a total revolution and a restoration of the former democratic state of Iran.

After all, 75% of their population are under 35, hate the mullahs, and love American television.
zslewis91
not rated yet Jan 22, 2011
@Vendicar_Decarian & Skeptic_Heretic...you fellas not keep to in touch with Def-con/hacker/intell community.......nothing of what your said is true....further more, its generally agreed that suxnet was aimed more towards china....considering the highest density suxnet attacks have occurred their....and this whole "we've slowed irans nuclear ambitions down blah blah blah" crap @bullshit heretic spews is to be ignored..as usual.........dispute my clams??? PM and ill direct link you too the proofs