Symantec: Stuxnet Designed To Sabotage Iran Nuclear Facilities

Symantec has revealed that the Stuxnet virus, which recently attacked industrial computers in Iran, was designed specifically to sabotage the country's uranium enrichment equipment.

In a Symantec blog post, Eric Chien a researcher at Symantec, said that the worm was designed to sabotage the country's nuclear power plants by taking control of the centrifuges that control the enrichment process.

Thanks to the high hardware requirements, researchers will be able to find out the exact industrial control systems that are vulnerable to the Stuxnet virus.

Ivanka Barzashka, a member of the Federation of American Scientists played up the significance of the findings, claiming: "If Symantec's analysis is true, then Stuxnet likely aimed to destroy Iran's gas centrifuges, which could produce enriched uranium for both nuclear fuel and nuclear bombs."

Despite Iran insisting that their nuclear facilities are only for generating energy, Western Governments and Israel have been vocally critical of their operation, fearing that nuclear weapons could be made from the enriched uranium.