The Commander of Civil Defense Organization of Iran Qolam Reza Jalili today said in Tehran that the US and Israel were behind the computer worm Stuxnet attacks on the nuclear facilities in the country.
Jalili becomes the first Iranian official to accuse the US and Israel over the Stuxnet attacks. The Bushehr nuclear power plant was reportedly among the targets, where several technical problems have been blamed for delays in getting the facility fully operational.
Jalali said once the worm mounts on a system, it begins to gather information and then sends reports from the infected machines to designated Internet addresses.
"Investigations and studies show that the source of Stuxnet originates from America and the Zionist (Israel) regime," Jalali, said. "After following up the (Stuxnet-generated) reports that were sent out, it became clear that the final destinations were the Zionist regime and the American state of Texas," he added [IRNA, 16 April].