14 Nov 2011

Iran: Duqu virus has been aimed at its nuclear sites

After it was reported that Duqu, a virus that is closely based on the Stuxnet virus, had been created, many feared for their internet security. Fears may have been justified, as Iran announced this week that the country is in the midst of fighting againt the Duqu virus' attack on a nuclear project.

The virus looks to exploit weaknesses in Microsoft Windows, according to Israel news source Haaretz. Iran is now trying to develop antivirus software capable of controlling the virus and has created a special unit to counteract cyber attacks against the country. The website reports that Iran has been "working around the clock" to get Duqu under control.

"We are in the initial phase of fighting the Duqu virus," Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran's civil defense was quoted as saying by Reuters. "The final report, which says which organizations the virus has spread to and what its impacts are, has not been completed yet. All the organizations and centers that could be susceptible to being contaminated are being controlled."

Reuters said Iran is familiar with this internet security threat, as the country believed in April that it had been attacked by a virus known as "Stars." The news source said it is not clear if Stars is similar to Duqu.