Iran admits Stuxnet hurt nuclear programme

Summary:The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has acknowledged that the Stuxnet malware affected his country's nuclear programme, according to a report

The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has acknowledged that the Stuxnet worm impacted on his country's nuclear programme.

According to a report in The New York Times, Ahmadinejad said Stuxnet had created problems. Speaking at a news conference, the president vowed that the nuclear programme would continue, but acknowledged damage from the computer worm. "They succeeded in creating problems for a limited number of our centrifuges with the software they had installed in electronic parts," he said.

The Iran-Stuxnet story made headines in September, although questions remained as to whether Iran was attacked or was simply lax with its security procedures.

For more on this ZDNet UK-selected story, see Iran: Yes, Stuxnet hurt our nuclear program on ZDNet.com.

Topics: Security

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