Malware in Petrochemical Plants “Not Linked to Recent Fires”

By John Lee.

Iran has detected and removed malicious software from two of its petrochemical complexes, according to a report from Reuters.

Gholamreza Jalali, head of Iran’s civilian defense, told IRNA that the malware was inactive and had not played a role in recent fires at petrochemical plants. It has been reported that the National Cyberspace Council [Supreme Council of Cyberspace] had been investigating whether the recent petrochemical fires were triggered by a cyber attack.

In 2009 and 2010, the United States and Israel sabotaged Iran’s nuclear program with the Stuxnet computer virus, which destroyed Iranian centrifuges that were enriching uranium.

(Source: Reuters)

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