Stuxnet virus fears: Total meltdown!

02/16/2011 13:44

From News from Jerusalem

Analysts are expressing alarm over the possibility that the Stuxnet computer virus, unleashed apparently in an attempt by Israel to halt Iran's quest for nuclear weapons, could go too far and trigger a catastrophic meltdown similar to the Chernobyl disaster in the old Soviet Union, according to a report in Joseph Farah's 2 Bulletin.

The computer virus apparently has infected the units that control many of the operations at Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant. While it appears to have thrown a hurdle in front of Iran's campaign to obtain nuclear power, concerns are being raised about complications that could arise from the effort.

A confidential report by a nation closely monitoring Iran's nuclear work warned that if the reactor would be started prematurely, the virus could result in a catastrophe.

The report said that "with control systems disabled by the virus, the reactor could explode with the force of a 'small nuclear bomb.'"

"The minimum possible damage would be a meltdown of the reactor," the report said. "However, external damage and massive environmental destruction could also occur … similar to the Chernobyl disaster."

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