Symantec: Stuxnet Designed to Disrupt Iran's Uranium Enrichment Efforts

Kara Reeder

Symantec researchers have discovered that Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor may not have been the target of the Stuxnet worm, but rather it was created to disrupt uranium enrichment efforts, reports Computerworld.


Symantec researcher Eric Chien explains that the worm targets industrial systems that control very high speed electrical motors. Those motors are used to spin gas centrifuges, which is one way uranium can be enriched into fissionable material. The worm interferes with the speed of the motors, which "sabotages the normal operation of the industrial control process," says Chien.


Researchers believe that Stuxnet was created by a state-sponsored team of programmers, and designed to disrupt Iran's nuclear program. Iran believes Western countries are behind the effort.

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