Iran media report new cyberattack by Stuxnet worm

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TEHRAN (AP) — An Iranian semiofficial news agency says there has been another cyberattack by the sophisticated computer worm Stuxnet, this time on the industries in the country’s south.

Tuesday’s report by ISNA quotes provincial civil defense chief Ali Akbar Akhavan as saying the virus targeted a power plant and some other industries in Hormozgan province in recent months.

Mr. Akhavan said Iranian computer experts were able to “successfully stop” the worm.

Iran repeatedly has claimed having defused cyberworms and malware, including the Stuxnet and Flame viruses that targeted the vital oil sector, which provides 80 percent of the country’s foreign revenue.

Tehran has said both worms are part of a secret U.S.-Israeli program that seeks to destabilize Iran’s nuclear program.

The West suspects Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program, a charge Tehran denies.

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