Adding to the unfolding information about an August bombing that knocked out power lines near Fordow, Iranian MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi accused Siemens of planting “tiny explosives” that were placed on devices related to nuclear enrichment.
Western officials seem to add some credibility to the claims with their own reports, which said that a “monitoring device” had been placed on the site disguised as a rock and it was detonated when troops discovered it. They claimed the rock was a “significant source of intelligence” capable of gathering data from the Siemens computers in the plant.
Siemens denied any role in the bombing, and then went on to claim that they have “no business ties to the Iranian nuclear program” and never provided them with any equipment in the first place.
Which is simply untrue. Though Siemens’ relationship with Iran’s civilian nuclear program isn’t terribly well documented or understood, the whole basis of one of the largest internet security stories in the past couple of years, the Stuxnet computer worm, was that the US-Israeli made worm was designed specifically to attack Siemens industrial computers, and after it escaped the Iranian nuclear program it quickly attacked Siemens products in the US and elsewhere around the world, causing major economic damage.