Stuxnet virus damage was in fact done to Iran’s nuclear program, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad confirmed on Monday, according to CBS News.
The admission marks the first time the regime has confirmed that the cyber worm did damage to the country’s centrifuges.
Ahmadinejad said that the worm "managed to create problems for a limited number of our centrifuges” at a press conference, according to the report. In the past, the regime denied any damages done by Stuxnet after United Nations inspectors found that their controversial uranium enrichment program was shut down for a period of time.
Ahmadinejad said that “several” sites were damaged, according to U.K.’s the Register newspaper.
After the Stuxnet virus was revealed, U.S. security experts began focusing on the nature of the worm, and said that it could pose a threat to U.S. infrastructure.
The worm was created to take over industrial operations like nuclear power plants and electric power girds. It is speculated that the virus has its origin in Israel.