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Iran’s nuclear programme in new cyber attack

Iran has been hit by a second computer virus, a senior military official has said.

He suggested it was part of a concerted campaign to undermine the country's disputed nuclear programme.

Gholam Reza Jalali, the head of an Iranian military unit in charge of combating sabotage, said experts discovered the “espionage virus” which he called “Stars”. “The Stars virus has been presented to the laboratory but is still being investigated,” Jalali said in a report posted on his organisation's website, paydarymelli.ir.

“No definite and final conclusions have been reached.”

He did not say what equipment or facilities the virus targeted, or when experts first detected it.

‘Stars’ is the second serious computer worm to hit Iran in the past eight months.

Late last year a powerful virus known as Stuxnet targeted the country's nuclear facilities and other industrial sites.

Iran has acknowledged that Stuxnet affected a limited number of centrifuges — a key component in the production of nuclear fuel.

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