Iran says it takes measures against Dugu virus

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Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 15 /Trend T.Konyayeva, T.Jafarov/

Iran closely monitors systems and equipment infected with the Dugu computer virus and conducts work to clear up virus-infected computers, IRNA quoted Head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam-Reza Jalali as saying on Tuesday.

Jalali further said the organization is on the initial stage of fighting the virus.

Iran announced Sunday that it had detected the Duqu computer virus and suspects it has been aimed at sabotaging the Islamic Republic's nuclear sites.

Duqu first surfaced when security researchers at Symantec, based in California, learned about the threat from a customer. The bug is called Duqu because the files it creates have the prefix "DQ," but Symantec believes the bug is "a precursor to a future Stuxnet-like attack."

Last October, Iran announced it had detected and thwarted a cyber attack by the Stuxnet worm, which was supposedly created to infect Iranian industrial and nuclear computer systems.

The Stuxnet worm, first identified by Iranian officials in June last year, is a malware designed to infect computers using Siemens Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) - a control system favored by industries that manage water supplies, oil rigs and power plants.

Iranian experts say the worm may have been created by a state-sponsored organization in the United States or Israel to target specific control software being used in the Iranian industrial sector, including the Bushehr plant - Iran's first nuclear power plant.

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