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Russia asks NATO to investigate Stuxnet worm

Russia has asked NATO to investigate the Stuxnet worm, which targeted the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran, claiming the worm could have caused Chernobyl-style catastrophe.

Russian envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, said Stuxnet caused centrifuges employed in enriching uranium at the Bushehr plant to spin out of control, while staff at the plant remained oblivious to the dangers. Iran is buildingŠ¶ the nuclear plant with Russian assistance.

"The operators saw on their screens that the centrifuges were working normally when in fact they were out of control," Rogozin told reporters.

"NATO should get down to investigating this matter," he said.

He said the worm could have sparked an event similar to the "Chernobyl tragedy," which blighted Ukraine in 1986.

"This virus, which is very toxic, very dangerous, could have very serious implications," he said, according to agency reports,

According to a recent report in the New York Times, the Stuxnet worm which targeted Iran's nuclear programme was the fruit of a collaborative effort by US and Israeli intelligence services.