Last Updated: Wed Jan 26, 2011 22:15 pm (KSA) 19:15 pm (GMT)

Russia says Stuxnet could have caused new Chernobyl

Chernobyl nuke accident caused a total of 50 deaths & an estimate of 4,000 deaths due to increased cancer risk
Chernobyl nuke accident caused a total of 50 deaths & an estimate of 4,000 deaths due to increased cancer risk

Russia said on Wednesday that NATO should investigate last year's computer virus attack on a Russian-built nuclear reactor in Iran, saying the incident could have triggered a nuclear disaster on the scale of Chernobyl.

Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's ambassador to NATO, said the virus that hit the computer system at the Bushehr reactor had caused centrifuges to spin out of control.

"This virus, which is very toxic, very dangerous, could have very serious implications," he said, describing the virus's impact as being like explosive mines.

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