US, Israel develop Stuxnet worm against Iran: Report

The testing took place at the heavily guarded Dimona complex in the Negev desert housing the Middle East's sole nuclear weapons program.

US, Israel develop Stuxnet worm against Iran: Report

US and Israeli intelligence services collaborated to develop a destructive computer worm to sabotage Iran's nuclear programe, according to the New York Times report on Saturday.

In its online edition, the Times quoted intelligence and military experts as saying Israel has tested the effectiveness of the Stuxnet computer worm, which apparently shut down a fifth of Iran's nuclear centrifuges in November and helped delay its ability "to make its first nuclear weapons".

The testing took place at the heavily guarded Dimona complex in the Negev desert housing the Middle East's sole nuclear weapons program.

Experts and officials told the Times the effort to create Stuxnet was a US-Israeli project with the help, knowingly or not, of Britain and Germany.

'To check out the worm, you have to know the machines,' a US expert told the newspaper. 'The reason the worm has been effective is that the Israelis tried it out.'

There has been widespread speculation Israel was behind the Stuxnet worm that has attacked computers in Iran, and Tehran has blamed the Jewish state and the United States for the killing of two nuclear scientists in November and January.

The Times said the worm was the most sophisticated cyber-weapon ever deployed and appeared to have been the biggest factor in setting back Iran's nuclear march. Its sources said it caused the centrifuges to spin wildly out of control and that a fifth of them had been wiped out.

The retiring chief of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, Meir Dagan, said recently that Iran's nuclear program had been set back and that Tehran would not be able to build an atomic bomb until at least 2015. U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have not disputed Dagan's view.

Neither Clinton nor Dagan mentioned Stuxnet or any other cyber-warfare used against the Iranian program.

Iran always points to what it calls "hypocrisy" of international actors over its nuclear programme it maintains peaceful, referring to nuclear-armed Israel in the same region that most experts estimate that it has at least between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads and often threatens the Islamic republic with an attack.

Israel has repeatedly rejected international calls to sign Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and open its facilities for IAEA perusal.


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Asim
Asim - 10 yıl Before

Is it true or just psy-ops. By the way from where NY Times got clues for its "Startling Revelation"? From Zionist insiders or their own source concerned with Iran's well-being? In any case Iranians should be extra cautious with Zionist fox

Bozorg Mehr
Bozorg Mehr - 10 yıl Before

all of western hypocrites open their eyes on Iran. but they are ignoring israel that has many nukes and even is threatening to attack Iran. We people who have common sense can see this phenomenon evidently.
Hypocrites from West can not deceive people of world anymore. they are trying to cheate, but any attempt against Iranian peaceful nuclear activities will backfire.