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Stuxnet mutating, rampaging through Iran: IT official

Russia defends move to ban missile sale to Iran
Beijing (AFP) Sept 27, 2010 - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday defended Moscow's refusal to supply Iran with S-300 air defence missiles, saying such a sale would violate UN Security Council sanctions. Last week, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree banning supplies of the missiles and other arms to Tehran, which is engaged in a standoff with the international community over its nuclear drive. "These supplies fall under an embargo that the (UN) Security Council has introduced and force majeure applies here," Lavrov told reporters travelling with Medvedev, who was in Beijing as part of a three-day visit to China. Force majeure is a common clause in contracts that exempts the parties from liability if an extraordinary event beyond the control of the parties -- in this case UN sanctions -- prevents one side from fulfilling the agreement.

When asked about reports that Tehran had threatened to sue Moscow over the non-completion of the S-300 contract, Lavrov replied: "I have heard nothing about this." Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Borujerdi, the head of the national security and foreign affairs commission in parliament, was quoted by the IRNA official news agency on Sunday as saying Moscow could face legal action over the deal. "If Russians refuse to deliver the S-300, it can be legally pursued and (they) will be subject to a fine," he said, adding he hoped "Russia will make good on its S-300 contract with Iran to maintain its reputation in the world." The decree signed by Medvedev "on measures to implement the United Nations Security Council resolution 1929 from June 9, 2010" was warmly welcomed by the United States, which had long opposed the S-300 missile contract.

No S-300 missiles have been delivered to Tehran. Iran last week branded Russia's move irrational and accused Moscow of bowing to US and Israeli pressure, state television reported. "We are not happy to see Russians humiliated by America and the Zionist regime (in a way) that it could be said they write what is dictated to them," Iranian Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi told the broadcaster's website. He said the latest UN Security Council resolution against Iran "is not clear about air defence missiles and it does not seem rational to refer to it after... months." The UN Security Council in June adopted a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear programme of uranium enrichment, imposing broader military and financial restrictions on the Islamic republic. Neither the United States nor Iran's arch-foe Israel -- the Middle East's sole if undeclared nuclear-armed power -- has ruled out taking military action against Iran to prevent it from acquiring an atomic weapons capability. Tehran denies charges that its nuclear programme has military aims, insisting that its atomic ambitions are peaceful.
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Tehran (AFP) Sept 27, 2010
The Stuxnet worm is mutating and wreaking further havoc on computerised industrial equipment in Iran where about 30,000 IP addresses have already been infected, IRNA news agency reported on Monday.

"The attack is still ongoing and new versions of this virus are spreading," Hamid Alipour, deputy head of Iran's Information Technology Company, was quoted as saying by IRNA, Iran's official news agency.

Stuxnet, which was publicly identified in June, was tailored for Siemens supervisory control and data acquisition, or SCADA, systems commonly used to manage water supplies, oil rigs, power plants and other industrial facilities.

The self-replicating malware has been found lurking on Siemens systems mostly in India, Indonesia and Pakistan, but the heaviest infiltration appears to be in Iran, according to researchers.

The hackers, who enjoyed "huge investments" from a series of foreign countries or organisations, designed the worm to exploit five different security vulnerabilities, Alipour said while insisting that Stuxnet was not a "normal" worm.

He said his company had begun the cleanup process at Iran's "sensitive centres and organisations," the report said.

Analysts say Stuxnet may have been designed to target Iran's nuclear facilities. But Iranian officials have denied the Islamic republic's first nuclear plant at Bushehr was among the addresses penetrated by the worm.

"This virus has not caused any damage to the main systems of the Bushehr power plant," Bushehr project manager Mahmoud Jafari said on Sunday.

He, however, added the worm had infected some "personal computers of the plant's personnel."

Alipour, whose company is tasked with planning and developing networks in Iran, said personal computers were also being targeted by the malware.

"Although the main objective of the Stuxnet virus is to destroy industrial systems, its threat to home computer users is serious," Alipour said.

The worm is able to recognise a specific facility's control network and then destroy it, according to German computer security researcher Ralph Langner, who has been analysing the malicious software.

Langner said he suspected Stuxnet was targeting Bushehr nuclear power plant, where unspecified problems have been blamed for delays in getting the facility fully operational.

Iran's nuclear ambitions are at the heart of a conflict between Tehran and the West, which suspects the Islamic republic is seeking to develop atomic weapons under the cover of a civilian drive.

Tehran denies the allegation and has pressed on with its enrichment programme -- the most controversial aspect of its nuclear activities -- despite four sets of UN Security Council sanctions.

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Thyssen freezes business in Iran
Berlin (UPI) Sep 27, 2010 - Germany's biggest industrial conglomerate, ThyssenKrupp, said it will freeze all new business with Iran.

It said the decision would take effect immediately and that the company would scrap existing contracts with the Islamic Republic in response to stiff sanctions slapped against Tehran.

"By halting business with Iran we are supporting the sanctions policies of the Federal Republic of Germany, the European Union and the United States," ThyssenKrupp Chief Executive Officer Ekkehard Schulz said in a statement.

ThyssenKrupp is the latest German business group to protest Iran's nuclear policy. Its decision came shortly after foreign ministers of the world's major powers told Iran they hoped for an early negotiated solution to the standoff over its nuclear program.

Western powers have insisted that Tehran return to the negotiating table over its controversial nuclear program, which it insists is intended for peaceful purposes only.

Luxury carmaker Daimler had previously announced plans to sell its 30 percent stake in an Iranian engine manufacturer and to freeze its planned export of cars and trucks to Iran.

In July, BP stopped supplying jet fuel to Iran Air at Germany's Hamburg Airport as Lloyds said it wouldn't insure or reinsure petroleum shipments into Iran.

A ThyssenKrupp spokesman commenting on the company's decision said Iran accounted for less than 0.5 percent of group revenues of $54.42 billion in its fiscal year. Most of the group's existing operations in Iran concerns engineering projects.

"The latest executive board decision prohibits all new business with Iran and thus goes beyond the current sanctions measures, which relate primarily to the petroleum sector (oil and gas)," ThyssenKrupp said in a statement.

For many years, ThyssenKrupp was part-owned by Iran, a business relationship stemming from the shah's regime in 1970s. Until then, the company bought enough of its remaining shares in 2003 to avoid being put on a U.S. government blacklist.

Despite the suspension by a string of German business, trade with Iran hasn't been affected overall, analysts and interest groups argue. A show of new statistics revealed that Germany exported 14 percent more goods to Iran in the first half of 2010 compared to the previous year, with July figures at a similarly high level.

"Bureaucratic delays cannot be allowed to block the urgent implementation of sanctions," Deidre Berger, director of the American Jewish Committee's Berlin office, said in a release. "We also urge the German government to respond favorably to the American request to shut down the Hamburg headquarters of the European-Iranian trade bank, which has played a major role in assisting Iran's nuclear ambitions."

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