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Iran makes Arrests After Stuxnet Attacks on Nuclear Facilities

Heydar Moslehi, Iran's Intelligence Minister said on 2nd October 2010 that, authorities had arrested various "nuclear spies" who were operating to disrupt Tehran's nuclear program through cyberspace with the help of Stuxnet malware, as reported by iranfocus on 3rd October 2010.

Heydar Moslehi did not mention the exact number of people that had been arrested. According to iranfocus, Moslehi said on 2nd October 2010, that the attack was under control then and industrial computers infected by Stuxnet in Iran have been fixed and sent to their respective units.

His comments came against the backdrop of reports that the Stuxnet worm is changing and inflicting chaos on computerized industrial equipment in Iran and had already compromised 30,000 IP addresses.

Commenting on the whole matter some analysts stated that Stuxnet malware may have been intended to target Iran's nuclear facilities, particularly the Russian-built first atomic power plant located in the southern city of Bushehr.

Some other reports have also stated that the malware distressed Natanz, (a nuclear plant) unlike Bushehr is supposed to be a component of Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program. Speaking in opposition to the reports, Iranian officials have declined that Bushehr was among the addresses infected by the malware, but accepted that some personal machines (nearly 30,000) of the plant's employees had been compromised.

However, particular doubt has fallen on Israel, which possesses the security expertise and impetus to target Iran's nuclear program. But Iranian officials have stated the attack is a plot of Israel and other western powers but, again, as yet such charges are little more than rumor.

Regarding this Heydar Moslehi alleged that his ministry had unveiled harmful activities of the arrogance of the West in cyberspace, and stated that defensive measures had been taken to protect Iran's information systems and nuclear facilities.

Conclusively, Heydar Moslehi ensured all citizens about the tight supervision of the intelligence apparatus over cyberspace and said that they would not allow any leak out or demolition of the nation's nuclear activities, as reported by networkworld on 2nd October 2010.

Related article: Iran Investigates Probable Internet-based Assault on Key Oil Depot

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