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The Iranian computers controlling important infrastructure in the Islamic Republic that were discovered to be infected by the Stuxnet worm have been cleaned of the malware, Iranian Press TV reported on Sunday.
"This virus activates in industrial industrial computers with SCADA platforms designed by a particular company, and all [infected] platforms have been scanned, cleaned, and sent back to respective industries," deputy industry minister for technology Mohsen Hatam was quoted as saying by Press TV.
Teheran also sought to quash rumors that the malware had been designed to sabotage Iran's first nuclear reactor at Bushehr before it comes online, denying that any of the reactors computers had been infected with the Stuxnet code.
On Saturday, Iran's intelligence minister said the country had learned how to fight off the complex computer worm.
Heidar Moslehi was also quoted as saying authorities have arrested
several nuclear spies, but he gave no details and it wasn't clear if the
developments were related.
Over recent months, the malicious Stuxnet computer code has also
affected industrial systems in India, Indonesia and the US. But it has
spread the most in Iran, including to several personal computers of
workers at Iran's first nuclear power plant, which is to go online later
The destructive Stuxnet worm has surprised experts because it is the
first one specifically created to take over industrial control systems,
like those at power plants, rather than just steal or manipulate data.