Sept. 28, 2010
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast
Iran has rejected reports that a complicated cyber worm has damaged computer systems at the country's first nuclear power plant.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said in his weekly press conference on Tuesday that the report was part of the “soft war” and a “propaganda stratagem” against Iran.
According to the Iranian spokesperson, the new soft war is aimed at targeting the Islamic Republic's peaceful nuclear program.
“The Busheher plant is pursuing its activities based on a set timetable,” Mehmanparast said, adding that the plant will join the country's electricity grid within the next two months.
This comes after media reported that the Stuxnet, a computer worm that is viewed as potentially the most dangerous piece of computer malware discovered, has targeted industrial computers around the globe with Iran being the main target of the attack.
The complex worm reportedly identifies a specific facility's control network and then destroys it.
Experts say that the worm may have been created by a state-sponsored organization in the US or Israel to target specific control software being used in the Iranian industrial sector, including the Bushehr plant -- Iran's first nuclear power plant.