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Iran Detains 'Spies' As It Moves to Ease Fears Over Stuxnet Cyber Attack


Iran had detained several "spies" involved in attempts to sabotage the country's nuclear programme through cyberspace, the Iranian intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi, said.

The announcement yesterday follows the attack on industrial computer systems in Iran by the Stuxnet worm, designed to disrupt its nuclear facilities, including the Bushehr power plant.

Although officials attempted to play down the significance of the Stuxnet attack, which had infected more than 30,000 computers, Moslehi's comments, apparently meant to reassure Iranians, suggest the cyber attack had caused more alarm in the regime than has so far been acknowledged.

Suspicions have also been growing in recent days that the Stuxnet worm may have been designed as much to spy on the systems as to destroy them.

From The Guardian
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