Ahmadinejad Says Iran's Nuclear Facilities Were Hit by Stuxnet Worm
Ahmadinejad made the announcement while speaking at a news conference on the recent assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist -- an attack that the president attributed to "the hand of the Zionist regime and Western governments." Ahmadinejad didn't provide details on the nature of the cyberattack on Iran's nuclear facilities, nor did he accuse any specific organizations or governments of perpetrating it. But, whoever it was, Ahmadinejad told reporters, "succeeded in creating problems for a limited number of our centrifuges with the software they had installed in electronic parts." The Iranian president went on to say that the Islamic Republic's security experts had already detected the problem, and promised that it would cause no further damage to the country's centrifuges.
He may have been relatively opaque in his announcement, but Ahmadinejad's admission is still pretty significant, in and of itself. Iranian officials had previously acknowledged that their nuclear facilities were experiencing strange problems, but, until yesterday, had refused to admit that the irregularities were the result of a malicious cyberattack. Researchers, meanwhile, have long believed that only a government could produce a worm complex enough to throw a nuclear facility into disarray. And, although he refrained from explicitly accusing one single country of executing the attack, Ahmadinejad's anti-Israeli and -American rhetoric may suggest that he already has a few suspects in mind.