Iran detects Duqu in the country

Iran civil defence is checking computers in all nuclear sites for evidence of the virus

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Iran detects Duqu in the country Iran says it has detected the Duqu virus within its borders.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 14, 2011

Iran has said that is has detected the Duqu virus within its borders. The virus is believed to be based on Stuxnet, the worm that was allegedly created to disrupt the country's nuclear program.

According to IRNA, Iran's official news agency, the head of Iran's civil defence organisation said that computers at all main nuclear sites were being checked and that the country had developed software to combat the virus.

"We are in the initial phase of fighting the Duqu virus," Gholamreza Jalali, was quoted as saying by IRNA. "The final report which says which organisations the virus has spread to and what its impacts are has not been completed yet. All the organisations and centres that could be susceptible to being contaminated are being controlled."

The Duqu virus was first reported in October by security software maker Symantec. The company said the virus contained code similar to Stuxnet, but instead of being designed to disrupt uranium enrichment, it was designed to gather intelligence to make it easier to launch future cyber-attacks.

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