Iran has been hit with new computer virus named ‘Stars.’ Mehr News Agency quoted commander of Iran’s civil defense force Qolam Reza Jalali that the experts were still investigating the scope of the malware’s capabilities and damages caused. Jalali did not disclose the targets and the dates of the attack.
"Certain characteristics about the 'Stars' virus have been identified, including that it is compatible with the system," Jalali said. "In the initial stage, the damage is low and it is likely to be mistaken for governmental executable files," he added [Mehr News Agency, 25 April].
In December, Iran admitted the country’s uranium enrichment plant in Natanz had been the victim of the computer worm Stuxnet.
"Confronting the Stuxnet virus does not mean that the threat has been fully removed, since viruses have a certain life span and it is possible that they continue their activity in a different form," Jalali commented.