Stuxnet Virus - The Stuxnet computer virus has set Tehran's nuclear programme back by 24 months, an Israeli newspaper reported Wednesday, quoting a top German computer consultant.
The malicious software, or malware, reportedly targeted Iran's nuclear facilities this year, causing damage. Stuxnet infiltrates and reprogrammes Windows operating systems.
'It will take two years for Iran to get back on track,' Ralph Langer told the Jerusalem Post.
'This was nearly as effective as a military strike, but even better since there are no fatalities and no full-blown war. From a military perspective, this was a huge success,' he said.
Langner, one of the first experts to analyse the Stuxnet code, said Iran's best move would be to throw out all the computers infected by the virus, which he termed the most 'advanced and aggressive malware in history.'
But even once all the computers were thrown out, Iran would still have to ensure that those used by outside contractors were free of the virus, he said.