Iran Targeted in Cyberattack

    In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, and released by the International Iran Photo Agency, Iranian technicians work at the Bushehr nuclear power plant, outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran. Iran's nuclear chief said Tuesday Nov. 23, 2010 that a malicious computer worm known as Stuxnet has not harmed the country's atomic program and accused the West of trying to sabotage it. Iran has earlier confirmed that Stuxnet infected several personal laptops belonging to employees at the Bushehr nuclear power plant but that plant systems were not affected. (AP Photo/IIPA,Ebrahim Norouzi)

    Ebrahim Norouzi, International Iran Photo Agency / AP Photo

    Iran has confirmed a massive cyberattack by a data-collecting virus called Flame, with officials warning that the attack may potentially be more deleterious than the 2010 Stuxnet virus, which destroyed materials used for its nuclear program. Flame, which Iranian cyber experts say has likely been active for the past six months, doesn’t destroy data but rather mines it from a variety of sources—resulting in a data loss. Israel, which has previously been targeted by hackers, hinted at its involvement in the attack. Given the threat of Iran’s nuclear program, “it’s reasonable that [anyone] will take various steps, including these, to harm it,” said Moshe Yaalon, Israel’s vice prime minister and strategic affairs minister, on Tuesday.

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