Israeli general given credit for Stuxnet worm

An Israeli general has been credited with being behind the Stuxnet worm which played havoc with Iran's nuclear facilities.

General Gabi Ashkenazi retired this week after failing to gain promotion to the post of Chief of Staff. At his leaving party a video was shown which credited the out-going general with a hand in the operations which saw the specially-crafted Stuxent worm planted in Iran's nuclear facilities.

According to a Hebrew-language report in the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz - the video outlining the general's achievements made mention of the worm as well as an attack on nuclear reactor in Syria three and-a-half years ago. Israel never claimed responsibility for the attack, but there aren't that many other suspects.

Stuxnet was credited with stalling Iran's nuclear ambitions. The New York Times suggested last month that the worm had been developed by American and Israeli military scientists as a part of a joint project, but neither has confirmed any involvement.

The latest twist in the tale published by Haaretz and spotted by never appeared in English.