Iranian security ministry: Stuxnet virus hits 16,000 computers

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Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 19 /Trend T. Jafarov /

Stuxnet virus inadvertently hit some industrial centers in Iran. According to the statistics, about 16,000 computers were infected with this virus, Iranian Deputy National Security Minister for technical issues Ahangaran was quoted by Fars News agency as saying.

He did not specify whether 16,000 computers were infected in Iran or around the world.

Ahangaran said that Iran can not update antivirus programs and combat Internet viruses because of the imposed sanctions.

Iran announced about revealing and successful reflection of a cyber-attack of Stuxnet computer worm in October last year, which was supposedly created to infect computer systems of the Iranian nuclear industry.

Stuxnet virus, first revealed in Iran in June 2010, is a program designed to infect computers using the automated supervisory control and data acquisition system (SCADA).

According to media reports, Stuxnet attacked industrial computers worldwide in July 2010. Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran was the main target of attack.

But Iranian officials denied this, saying that the computer worm did not cause serious disruption to the country's industrial facilities.

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