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8/30/2016
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Malware Found In Iran Petro Plants

Virus not linked to recent fires in oil and gas facilities across the country, says official.

A malicious but inactive industrial malware was recently detected and removed from two of Iran’s petrochemical plants during a routine inspection, reports Reuters quoting state news agency IRNA. This malware was not, however, behind the recent explosions and fires in Iran’s oil and gas facilities, a senior military official of the country confirmed to IRNA.

Iran was recently rocked by a spate of blasts and fires in its petroleum facilities, causing losses of lives and damages in millions of dollars. The country initiated a probe to rule out possibility of cyberattacks and last week, Iran’s oil minister said the blasts were because of reduced health and safety checks.

In 2009-2010, Iran was a victim of the Stuxnet virus attack by US and Israel to sabotage the country’s nuclear program, says Reuters.

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RyanSepe,
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8/31/2016 | 11:15:31 PM
A malicious but inactive industrial malware
Was there further analysis of the malware to determine if it was acting as a persister waiting to be called or for what reason did the malware lay dormant?
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8/31/2016 | 11:17:21 PM
Irans oil minister said the blasts were because of reduced health and safety checks.
The need for health and safety checks when it comes to managing an oil facility is paramount. The volatility of the product as seen from this disaster needs to have the proper safeguards in place.
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