Another Chernobyl

Computer Virus>> Nuclear Energy • Iran

Published: Monday 30 November -0001

The “hacktivist” group, Anonymous, claims to have access to the sophisticated computer virus developed as a joint Israel-US cyber attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities.

imageThe group says it obtained details of the Stuxnet worm from the emails of HBGary, a US security company the hacker collective attacked in early February. Anonymous has signalled an intention to attack Iranian government websites in support of a planned green movement.

Security experts said even though Anonymous has access to parts of Stuxnet, it does not control the vital enabling code to attack the Bushehr nuclear plant—an attack Russia’s NATO ambassador said could trigger a “new Chernobyl”.

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