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  • The Worm Has Returned
    Posted by David A. Fulghum 5:31 PM on Apr 27, 2011

    Iran’s cyber officials are starting to sound like Saddam Hussein’s spokesman in 2003. As the city burned behind him, Baghdad Bob continued to deny any military threat to his boss’s regime.

    Ghoam-Reza Jalali, speaking for Tehran’s government says a new cyberworm is not a significant problem. Yet, this means that official networks have been infiltrated by malware for the second time in eight months.

    Dubbed the “Stars” worm, “the new cyberproblem has been detected and is undergoing forensic examination,” according to Iran’s MehrNews agency. Some of the nation’s industrial processes, including its nuclear program, were infected by the Stuxnet Worm in Sept. 2010.

    “Certain characteristics about the Stars worm have been identified, including that it is compatible with the [so-far unidentified target] system and that the damage is very slight in the initial stage,” says Jalali. He hinted that the worm is “likely to be mistaken for executable files of the government.”

    Turning to the Stuxnet problem, “It must be taken into consideration [that identifying and containing the worm’s initial damage] does not mean that the threat has been completely eliminated since worms have specific life cycles and can continue their activities in other forms,” Jalali says. Therefore the country should prepare itself to tackle future worms which may infect our systems which could be more dangerous than the first ones.”

    In April, Jalali stated that Siemens, the German engineering conglomerate, should be held responsible for the infection of Iranian industrial sites by Stuxnet and contended that the U.S. and Israel were involved in the cyberattack.

    Tags: ar99, Iran, Stars-cyberworm, cyber

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