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September 27, 2010

Stuxnet worm hits target

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by Janet Harris

The Stuxnet worm has hit its target; Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant.

Although earlier reports from Iran’s official news agency said that the worm had not caused any serious damage, it is now said to be mutating and has infected around 30,000 IP addresses in Iran.

As well as the Bushehr facility, the worm is said to be infecting other industrial sites in Iran.

Stuxnet is engineered to take control of industrial systems designed by Siemens by attacking five different security vulnerabilities in Windows, two of which have now been patched.

The sophistication of the worm has led to speculation that it could have been released by a nation state, with Israel or the U.S. considered likely candidate.

The controversial Bushehr nuclear plant is expected to open next month.

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