Stuxnet Worm Attack Resurfaces in Iran

A couple of years ago, the Stuxnet worm went on a bit of a rampage worldwide and hit Iranian systems especially hard. Primarily, it hit industrial targets including nuclear power plants and oil rigs. Stuxnet itself has faded a bit, although it was revealed this summer that another particularly nasty piece of malware called Flame had a lot of code in common with Stuxnet, indicating some level of cybercriminal collaboration.

Now, according to the AP, Stuxnet has cropped up again, and again the unfortunate parties on the business end of the malware are in Iran. Reportedly, the worm has attacked more industrial targets, including a nuclear power plant, in the southern part of the country.

Stuxnet and Flame
Stuxnet (L) and derivative Flame (R)

Civil defense chief Ali Akbar Akhavan revealed the attacks, also noting that the country’s computer experts were able to fight off the bug.

The AP report also noted that the Iranian government believes the attacks are part of a U.S-Israeli effort to undermine Iran’s nuclear program.