Ahmadinejad Admits Centrifuges Hit By Software Problem
President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has said that "several" of Iran's
uranium-enrichment centrifuges were damaged by "software installed in electronic
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad (center) inspecting the Natanz plant in
central Iran in 2007
Ahmadinejad made the remark amid
speculation that Iran's nuclear program recently came under cyberattack by
malicious software, or malware, dubbed Stuxnet.
Ahmadinejad said a cyberattack was "able to disable on a limited basis" some
Iranian centrifuges. He says specialists have taken steps to prevent future
cyber attacks. Until Ahmadinejad's remarks today, Iranian officials insisted
their nuclear program was not harmed and that uranium enrichment work was
continuing without pause.
But the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
said a one-day outage hit Iran's Natanz enrichment facility earlier this
The disruption gave rise to speculation that Iran's nuclear program may have
been targeted for sabotage by the United States or its allies.
compiled from agency reports
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