A new anti-virus study has concluded that the Stuxnet virus, which surfaced back in July 2010, may have damaged no less than 1,000 centrifuges at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant in Iran.
Earlier this year, it emerged that the virus had infected mission critical systems at several of Iran's nuclear facilities, in what was being dubbed as a state sponsored attack to dismantle Iran's nuclear ambitions.
According to a new study published by the US based Institute for Science and International Security, the attack might have forced the Iranian government to remove 1,000 centrifuges from the Natanz facility.
The report claims that the removal of the centrifuges had come around the same time the Stuxnet virus is know to have struck Iranian nuclear facilities.
The virus was apparently capable of changing the engine speed of IR-1 centrifuges, something that might have had devastating consequences.
David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security, said in a statement to The Jerusalem Post that “If you start changing the speed, there are vibrations and they become so severe that it can break the motor. If it is true that it is attacking the IR-1, then it is changing the speed to attack the motor.”