News Analysis: Safety concerns behind fuel withdrawal from Iran's nuclear power plant (2)

08:45, March 02, 2011      

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In October, Iran said the computer worm Stuxnet had infected 30,000 IP addresses in Iran, including personal computers of the staff at the Bushehr plant.

However, Ali Akbar Salehi, then head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI), rejected reports the official computer system in the plant was infected by Stuxnet, saying the computer worm couldn't go beyond personal computers and enter the facility's main system.

In January, he rejected claims that the launch of the Bushehr plant and its connection to the national power grid would be postponed again.

"Everything with Bushehr nuclear power plant is progressing well," he said, adding the plant was to join the national power grid in early April.

Stuxnet is the first worm ever discovered that spies on and reprograms industrial systems. It is specifically written to attack Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, which are used to control and monitor industrial processes.

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