[ISN] Nuclear scientist killed in Tehran was Iran's top Stuxnet expert

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 00:24:08 -0600 (CST)

DEBKAfile Special Report 
November 29, 2010

Exclusive from debkafile's intelligence sources: 

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.

Prof. Shahriari was the Iranian nuclear program's top expert on computer 
codes and cyber war. . 

Another Iranian nuclear scientist, Prof. Feredoun Abbassi-Davani, and 
his wife survived a second coordinated attack with serious injuries. He 
is Dean of Students, a key political post at the university ..

Ali Salehi, Director of Iran's Nuclear Energy Commission, reacted 
bitterly that there is a limit to Iran's patience and whoever committed 
the murder is playing with fire. Tehran held US intelligence and the 
Israeli Mossad for responsible for the scientist's death.


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