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Iran Virus 'Like' Chernobyl

BRUSSELS — A recent cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear program could have triggered a disaster comparable to the one in Chernobyl 25 years ago, Russia’s envoy to NATO said.

Dmitry Rogozin urged NATO to join Moscow in investigating who created and unleashed the mysterious and destructive computer worm known as Stuxnet. The virus hit Iran’s nuclear facilities last year, temporarily crippling its uranium enrichment program, which can make both nuclear fuel and the fissile core of warheads.

Rogozin told journalists that the virus could have caused the control system of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor to malfunction, leading to the release of poisonous radioactive dust into the atmosphere, as happened in Chernobyl. 

(AP)


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