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Iranian Intel official says 'Stuxnet virus infected 16,000 computers'

February 19, 2012 - Tehran

A senior Iranian intelligence official has claimed that an estimated 16,000 computers were infected by the Stuxnet virus, which targeted the country's nuclear facilities and other industrial sites in 2010.

The Iranian state media quoted a deputy intelligence chief identified only as Ahangaran, as saying thousands of computers were infected by Stuxnet, but he did not specify whether worldwide or just in Iran.

He also said that Iran is facing difficulties in obtaining anti-malware software because of international sanctions, forcing the country to use its own experts to design the software, Fox News reports.

Iran had earlier acknowledged the malicious software affected a 'limited number' of centrifuges, a key component in nuclear fuel production.

Iran claimed that its scientists discovered and neutralized the malware before it could cause serious damage.


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