An Iranian military commander Saturday accused the German electronics giant Siemens with helping U.S. and Israeli teams craft the Stuxnet worm that attacked his country’s nuclear facilities.
According to the Islamic Republic News Service (IRNA), Iran’s state news agency, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali laid some of the blame for Stuxnet on Siemens.
“Siemens should explain why and how it provided the enemies with the information about the codes of the SCADA software and prepared the ground for a cyber attack against us,” Jalali told IRNA.
Siemens did not reply to a request for comment on Jalali’s accusations.
Jalali heads Iran’s Passive Defense Organization, a military unit responsible for constructing and defending the country’s nuclear enrichment facilities. He is a former commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
Stuxnet, which first came to light in June 2010 but hit Iranian targets in several waves starting the year before, has been extensively analyzed by security researchers, most notably a three-man team at Symantec, and by Ralph Langner of the German firm Langner Communications GmbH.