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Iran claims to have arrested spies it blames for planting the infamous Stuxnet worm on its network and attempting to clobber its Bushehr nuclear power plant. Heydar Moslehi, Iran's intelligence minister, told the semi-official Mehr news agency that the country had arrested an unspecified number of "nuclear spies" (nationality …


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  1. Arnold Lieberman

    Always a good measure to keep the flame alive

    Just blame the Jooooooz. And the American imperialist infidel dogs.


  2. Anonymous Coward

    By sheer coincidence

    The arrested spies, no doubt the Iranian government will claim, are supporters of the opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi who claimed the last Iranian Presidential election was rigged and protested last summer.

    Imagine that!

  3. Rob Crawford

    myrtus ?

    Alternatively it could refer to My RTUs where RTU means Remote Terminal Units which amazing enough is what the remote Siemens devices are known as.

    Perhaps it was the Myans due to the date the worm is coded to self terminate.

    Theres a few analyses out there

  4. Anonymous Coward

    Pluto in Capricorn squares off against Uranus in Aries?

    Pluto in Capricorn squaring off against Uranus in Aries is an annual event. Who cares? The programmer should have picked a less frequent event date, such as December 21 2012, the first day of the 14th Mayan b'ak'tun.

  5. Graham Marsden
    Thumb Down

    Round up...

    ... the usual suspects...

  6. envmod


    2012?? Bible codes? Alien rumours? It's all coming true!!

    I'm off to find a remote cave in the Scottish Highlands. Actually, that's a bit too much of a mission. Does anyone know of any remote caves in South West London?

    1. packet_ninja

      nice hidey hole

      any tube station today should do.

    2. Stumpy


      Most of the pubs in Hounslow or Feltham would fit that bill...

      ... Beer ... because ... well, we don't have a towel icon.

  7. DrXym

    A more likely explanation

    Some dumbass in the plant loaded up a USB stick with photos, took them off to a print centre where their USB was infected and then they plugged it into their workplace where the infection carried on its merry way.

    Scenarios like this happen in the supposedly tech savvy West so I imagine it happens a great deal more in places like Iran. The issue was probably compounded by lack of AV software or firewalls.

    No conspiracy required, just the product of human ignorance crossing paths with a piece of malware.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Don't normally recommend Symantec but

      they have a Stuxnet whitepaper which pretty much proves this isn't your common or garden SQL Slammer or even Conficker, whatever DrXym and others of a similarly blind nature may think.

      See also an outfit called Langner. You know where to look. You were given eyes and a brain, just use them before they stop working.

      If you don't have a clue, at least keep schtumm about it.

  8. jake Silver badge

    Or maybe ...

    It's smoke and mirrors, trying to misdirect from the real problem.

    That problem being that the total fucking numpties in charge have not only approved of using Microsoft software for SCADA, but have ALSO approved of attaching said systems to TheInternetAtLarge[1].

    The cluelessness being displayed at national levels is absolutely breathtaking.

    [1]Whatever that is.

    1. The Other Steve

      But then again

      "That problem being that the total fucking numpties in charge have not only approved of using Microsoft software for SCADA,"

      They didn't. The software to program the PLCs which run SCADA runs on windows, which is not the same.

      "but have ALSO approved of attaching said systems to TheInternetAtLarge[1]."

      They didn't, go and read some of the analysis. Look at the proliferation vectors.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    So you say it looks like the Russians were trying to frame the Israeli's

    in an attack whose complexity is worthy of the boffins at the American think tank known as DARPA? Then it must have been the Chinese who wrote it, since they are the only big power not incriminated.

  10. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

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    1. Giddy Kipper

      @ amanfromMars 1

      Given your bollocks generator has not improved syntactically, grammatically nor in content reference or applicability for some time now, perhaps you could refrain from posting your inanities until your planet-sized brain has made some fundaMental modifications to the Dragon-32 (C42) based software you are utilising.

      Either that or just go and scare the Mail readers.

      That is all.


      1. Blain Hamon


        It's just a cover. We all REALLY know that Stuxnet is just the start of the Martian invasion, and amanfromMars is here as a mole.

      2. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

        Work in Progress in the Works in Progress ........ Spinning Flounders

        "Given your bollocks generator has not improved syntactically, grammatically nor in content reference or applicability for some time now, perhaps you could refrain from posting your inanities until your planet-sized brain has made some fundaMental modifications to the Dragon-32 (C42) based software you are utilising." ...... Giddy Kipper Posted Monday 4th October 2010 18:22 GMT

        Giddy Kipper,

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        Hmmm? That then makes anything untoward in the Future, Google's Responsibility and Liability.

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        Bollocks to you, Giddy Kipper, but an Aladdin's Cave of Priceless Ancient Jewels and Unbelievable Treasure to Others with more of the Crack Hack Knack and a Handle on Global Operating Devices than is obviously presently normal.

    2. Anonymous Coward


      After two beer I have understood amanfromMars' comment. Now it all makes sense.

  11. Jon 86

    Welcome to earth..

    Time to welcome the aliens to earth.

    Can I have one of your super computers to install Linux on it?

    It'll prevent me getting infected by Stuxnet.


  12. Rob Crawford

    William Gibsons comments

    on radio 4 this morning entertained me.

    Basically stating that Iran didn't have a suitable infrastructure to protect it's equipment, unhappily it is also true of the west.

  13. bugalugs
    Paris Hilton

    @amfM#1201010041548#201010050907 fulfils or exceeds the requirements

    You've made this here hip-smirking drunky wringing wet !

    Whatever you've taken, man1, it's NSFW !


    One of the commentards on Mary L's linked ( and entertaining ) article

    expressed concern about ( sic ) " attacks that can change the course

    of a speed train or direction of a plane "

    The multitude of embedded devices and their OSs in planes , trains

    and automobiles ( funniest film of all time imhobtw )

    and nuclear power plants, oil refineries,chemical plants

    and those other non-toaster high criticality sorts of thingies

    are nice and safe, aren't they ? aren't they ?.....

    shit !

    best not tell Paris

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