A senior Iranian military official is accusing Siemens of helping the United States and Israel unleash last year’s Stuxnet worm, a highly complex piece of malware that targeted Iran’s nuclear facilities, according to media reports.
“Our executive officials should legally follow up the case of Siemens SCADA software which prepared the ground for the Stuxnet worm,” Gholamreza Jalali, Iran’s civil defense head, was quoted by the IRNA state news agency as saying.
Siemens should explain why and how it provided the enemies with the information about the codes of the SCADA software and prepared the ground for a cyber attack against Iran, he added.
According to Jalali, an internal probe revealed that the malware originated from sources in the U.S. and Israel and could have “inflicted serious damage” on Iran had the worm not been dealt with in a timely manner.
Neither the U.S. nor Israel, which reportedly are conducting clandestine operations against Iran’s nuclear program, has denied computer experts’ claims that they were behind the development of the Stuxnet worm, the Guardian reported.