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Iran Denies Malware Connection to Nuclear Delay

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Iranian officials announced Monday that a "small leak" was the cause of the latest setback to starting up its first nuclear power plant, and said the delay had nothing to do with a malicious computer worm that has infected industrial plants across the country.

The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Ali-Akbar Salehi, told the state-run IRNA news agency that engineers had found the leak while the reactor was being washed. The delay has forced Iranian officials to push back plans to bring the nuclear facility at Bushehr online to early next year.

Mr. Salehi denied the delay had any connection to the Stuxnet computer worm, which has affected more than 30,000 computers across Iran and has been found on some personal computers of staff at the plant, which is located in southern Iran near the Persian Gulf. "This issue has nothing to do with the virus," he said.

From The New York Times
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