Iran admitted Monday that its controversial uranium enrichment centrifuges had been targeted by a virus, but President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did not confirm it was the Stuxnet worm, Reuters reports.
The Iranian president told a news conference that Iran would attend talks about nuclear issues Dec. 5, but restated its position that its uranium enrichment program was not negotiable.
Other Western nations, as well as Israel and Russia, have expressed increasing concern over how Iran’s program could soon give the country the capabilities to build and launch a nuclear bomb, Reuters said.
The emergence of Stuxnet, which targeted Iran’s nuclear facilities at Bushehr and Natanz, demonstrated that Iran’s enemies may seek unconventional tactics to attack the country. Although Ahmadinejad did not specify whether he was referring to Stuxnet, he confirmed that adversaries had succeeded in causing problems for some of the centrifuges with the software they had installed in electronic parts.
According to the BBC, Ahmadinejad has accused Israel and the West for masterminding the malware attacks.