Iran claims to have a new Stuxnet called Stars

The glorious Iranian Islamic Revolution claims that it is being picked on by the infidels of the west with yet another dose of industrial viruses.

Brigadier Gen. Gholam Reza Jalali the head of Iran’s Passive Defence Organisation, the military unit that defends the country’s nuclear program, announced that the worm, dubbed Stars, had been uncovered by the finest minds the revolution could offer.

He claimed that it had been detected and thwarted, but provided no information on its function or targets, or when it was discovered.

The alleged unveiling of the Stars came a week after Jalali blamed Siemens for helping U.S. and Israeli teams create Stuxnet.

However Symantec is not so sure that Stars exists or that it was part of any great plot to overthrow Islam by Israel, the US, Crusaders, James Blunt or other great forces of Darkness.

The problem is that copies of Star, outside of Jalali’s head, have not been seen and without a sample of the new worm that an Iranian official says attacked the country’s computers, it’s impossible to verify his claims, a security research said Monday.

Kevin Haley, the director of Symantec’s security response group, said that his insecurity outfit had not found an example of the worm which is odd.

Examples of malware get traded among security vendors. While Symantec has no direct relationships there, some security outfits do.

He has been on the blower to the other security companies and they have not seen it either.

While it is possible that Stars is just a run-of-the-mill virus which got through the Irainian defences, it is strange that a copy of it has not been seen.

Media friendly Graham Cluley, from insecurity outfit  Sophos, told Computerworld his outfit had been unable to identify the malware based on Jalali’s comment.