Iran reckons it has Stuxnet beat

Iran's intelligence minister reckons his techies have the Stuxnet worm beat.

According to Iranian state TV as reported by AP, Minister Heidar Moslehi said his intelligence department "has found a solution for confronting [the worm] and it will be applied."

"Our domination of virtual networks has thwarted the activities of enemies in this regard," was the cumbersome translation served up by the US news agency.

Iran media also report that Moslehi said a number of "nuclear spies," had been arrested but it seems unlikely that these arrests had anything to do with the worm.

The Stuxnet worm has slithered into systems at Iran's nuclear power plant as well as being found as far afield as India, Indonesia and the U.S.

Moslehi said an "enemy" designed the worm and unleashed it through the Internet to undermine Iran's nuclear activities, according to the Mehr news agency.

Moslehi told the agency that the ministry has an "absolute control over the virtual networks and will foil all acts of sabotage," according to the report.

Insecurity outfit Symantec reckons the Stuxnet worm must have been built by a well-funded and well-resourced group, possibly a government. A list of potential candidates is here.