New Stuxnet under development, says Iranian news agency

New cyber-espionage campaign being developed to target Iran's nuclear programme, says FARS

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New Stuxnet under development, says Iranian news agency The original Stuxnet worm took control of industrial SCADA systems, and was used to damage centrifuges used in nuclear enrichment.
By Staff Writer Published  December 3, 2013

A new cyber espionage campaign is being developed to target Iran's nuclear programme, according to the semi-official FARS new agency.

Citing an unnamed source, FARS said that Saudi Arabia and Israel are co-operating on a new malware that would be more powerful than the Stuxnet worm that hit Iran's nuclear development programme in 2010.

Stuxnet is widely believed to have been a joint effort by US and Israeli security services. The complex malware campaign infiltrated industrial systems controlling centrifuges used for refining nuclear fuel, causing damage to the centrifuges and disrupting uranium enrichment.

The news agency claims that it was told by "an informed source close to the Saudi secret service" that representatives of Saudi Arabia and Israel had met to discuss collaboration against Iran, including "the production of a malware worse than the to spy on and destroy the software structure of Iran's nuclear program."

According to the report, the new cyber attack still requires a lot of time and around $1m in funding.

In November Saudi Arabia widely denied any co-operation with Israel, with which it has no diplomatic ties, with regards to countering Iran's nuclear programme.

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