Skip to comments.Russian experts flee Iran, escape dragnet for cyber worm smugglers
Posted on 10/03/2010 7:39:10 PM PDT by dennisw
Intelligence sources report from Iran that dozens of Russian nuclear engineers, technicians and contractors are hurriedly departing Iran for home since local intelligence authorities began rounding up their compatriots as suspects of planting the Stuxnet malworm into their nuclear program.
Among them are the Russian personnel who built Iran's first nuclear reactor at Bushehr which Tehran admits has been damaged by the virus.
One of the Russian nuclear staffers, questioned in Moscow Sunday, Oct. 3 by Western sources, confirmed that many of his Russian colleagues had decided to leave with their families after team members were detained for questioning at the beginning of last week. He refused to give his name because he and his colleagues intend to return to Iran if the trouble blows over and the detainees are quickly released after questioning.
According to our sources, these detentions were the source of the announcement Saturday, Oct. 2, by Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi that several "nuclear spies" had been captured. "The enemy had sent electronic worms through the internet to undermine Iran's nuclear activities," he said. This was the first high-level Iranian admission that the Stuxnet virus had been planted by foreign elements to sabotage their entire nuclear program - and not just the Bushehr reactor. The comprehensive scale of the damage is attested to by the detention of Russian nuclear experts also at Natanz, Isfahan and Tehran. Moslehi added: "We are always facing destructive activities by these espionage services and of course we have arrested a number of nuclear spies to block the enemy's destructive moves.
This statement is expected to prompt a second wave of Russian nuclear specialists to flee Iran.
The prime aim of their interrogation is to find out if Russian intelligence knowingly planted the destructive worm in Iran's nuclear facilities, possibly for under-the-counter pay, or were the unwitting carriers of equipment on order by Iran that had been previously infected.
debkafile's Western sources report that the hundreds of Russian scientists, engineers and technicians employed in Iran were responsible for installing the Siemens control systems in Iran's nuclear complex and other facilities which proved most vulnerable to the cyber attack.
They were the only foreigners with access to these heavily guarded plants. At Bushehr, for instance, the Russian personnel enjoyed full access to all its systems.
true, untrue, half true who cares. Just so long as Iranian nuclear program implodes
maybe they have done a good job of sabotaging the plant you could only hope so.
Looks like FUD can be fun after all.
Rounding the them up Islamofascism at its finest.
Iran as several pull-down lists to draw from of usual suspects; I dont blame them at all.
Debka’s credibility is somewhere between the Enquirer and the NY Times.
My bet is when all the Russian engineers split, one managed to find his way to Tel Aviv.
If the Russians did it, they are heros. And if they did, why did they do it? Did their government have a change of heart? Did the Russians never intend to deliver nuclear capabilities to Iran, so that the whole program was a stall tactic? Or was the virus planted by Russians working against their own government?
We’ll probably never know but it would be nice to know who to credit.
Ah the Mossad Russian agent got away! Wait until NutJob realizes he was duped. He will stone the Israel board with Iran.
Last week, London-based paper Al-Quds al Arabi reported that Ahmadinejad plans to throw a rock at Israel to demonstrate his hatred on his planned trip to Lebanon
I hope they all get detained permanently. There actions in building a reactor in Iran are treason against the world.
mazel tov siman tov
Just doing the work that Americans won’t do.
This is Debka... Don’t take it at face value.
The Russian’s can come back and repair the damage once the hornet nest settles down. For a fee of course.
Are they ever right? I can’t positively recall an example.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble......
Wow! This sounds like a “shovel ready project” !
Lets help stimulous fund the russians to destroy the Raghead computer monitoring systems!
>> of planting the Stuxnet malworm into their nuclear program.