An Iranian official claims that a new type of malware, dubbed Stars, is attacking government computer systems, reports V3.co.uk. Iranian cyber security official Gholam-Reza Jalali says:
Certain characteristics about the Stars worm have been identified, including that it is compatible with the (targeted) system and that the damage is very slight in the initial stage, and it is likely to be mistaken for executable files of the government.
Iran has not offered up any samples of the new worm, making it impossible to verify the claims, says Computerworld. Jalali also accused the U.S. and Israel of violating international law by using the Stuxnet malware against the country’s uranium enrichment efforts.