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US, Israel Guilty for Worm Attack on Iran's Nuclear Program: Russia

Though it is shocking, it is true. Russia has blamed the United States and Israel for the Stuxnet worm, calling it a case of real cyber-war, according to a Techworld news report published on September 26, 2011.

A number of Stuxnet infections were found in Iran and it was speculated that the worm, which was skilled to identify the system it was to hit, targeted at damaging the country's nuclear facilities.

The experts, however claims that the Stuxnet system was initiated in June 2010 against the centrifuge control system with an intention to enrich uranium in Iran.

Though Iran has also blamed Israel for the Stuxnet, it could not offer much evidence.

Meanwhile, Tehran has also held Israel and the US responsible for killing its two nuclear scientists in November 2010 and January 2011.

Significantly, the timing of the comments coincidently matched the time when Iran sought the help of Russia for building a second nuclear facility with the intent to complement the Bushehr plant that caused unparallel tension with the West. The US however, suspects that Iran is in the intention of enriching its technology with the aim of developing itself as a nuclear state.

Russia's foreign ministry's emerging challenges and threats department chief Ilya Rogachyov said that they could see some states using the cyberspace to act against others and also for political-military purposes.

Rogachyov added that the US has supported only such programs which help protect the physical safety of communications cable used by the Internet.

He said that Russia believed that the international community must agree on certain principles of setting up national authority over cyber-space, according to the news published in AFP on September 24, 2011.

In early 2011, Russia's NATO ambassador Dmitry Rogozi asserted that the Stuxnet infection had seriously affected Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant causing the equipment to breakdown.

The Stuxnet has drawn their attention towards the susceptibility resulting due to the industrial control systems that were under attack by the worm.

Who created the Stuxnet still remains unproven and a mystery, but according to experts, Israel was responsible for this malicious cyber attack, which was likely funded by the US.

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