Iran scientist killed was in charge of fighting Stuxnet virus
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Prof. Majid Shahriari, who died when his car was attacked in North Tehran Monday, Nov. 29, headed the team Iran established for combating the Stuxnet virus rampaging through its nuclear and military networks. His wife was injured. The scientist's death deals a major blow to Iran's herculean efforts to purge its nuclear and military control systems of the destructive worm since it went on the offensive six months ago. Only this month, Stuxnet shut down nuclear enrichment at Natanz for six days from Nov. 16-22 and curtailed an important air defense exercise.The report also suggest it was a drive by shooting and not a bomb that killed the scientist and wounded another. If the one who was killed was in charge of fighting the Stuxnet virus then it could be a real setback for Iran's program. It could also make others reluctant to work on the project.
Prof. Shahriari was the Iranian nuclear program's top expert on computer codes and cyber war.