The Iranian intelligence minister has dismissed reports that nuclear spies who were recently arrested in Iran have been behind the spread of the Stuxnet computer worm.
Commenting on the extent of damage caused by the Stuxnet worm, Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said the virus had been contained.
When asked if the nuclear spies who were recently arrested by the Intelligence Ministry had been responsible for spreading the virus, Moslehi said that "they are not related to this matter," ISNA reported.
He added that the parties which sought to make use of this virus to gather information about Iranian facilities failed in their mission.
The remarks come as Western media claimed that the Stuxnet worm, which is a malware designed to infect computers using Siemens supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), had attacked Iran's nuclear plant systems.
Iranian experts believe that the worm may have been created by a state-sponsored organization in the United States or Israel to target specific softwares that are being used in Iran's industrial sector, including the country's first nuclear power plant in Bushehr.
Reacting to the cyber attack, Iran's Telecommunications Minister Reza Taqipour said earlier that the virus had failed to cause any serious damage to the country's industrial sites.