Saudi Arabia and Israel are seeking to disrupt Iran's nuclear programme by using a computer worm more destructive than Stuxnet, according to Fars News Agency (FNA) in Iran.

Saudi and Israeli intelligence representatives met on Nov. 24 to discuss cooperative efforts, an anonymous source close to the Saudi secret service told FNA, adding the plan needs time and at least a million dollars (£612k)  in funding.

“One of the proposals raised in the meeting was the production of a malware worse than the Stuxnet…to spy on and destroy the software structure of Iran's nuclear programme,” the source said, adding it was welcomed by Saudis.

Discovered in 2010, the Stuxnet malware is said to have been created by the US and Israel to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

Tehran in turn is reported to be beefing up its cyber operations, both offensive and defensive according to Dr Gabi Siboni, Senior Research Fellow, the Director of Military and Strategic Affairs Program and Director of Cyber Warfare Program at Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Studies.  In the wake of the US rapprochement with Iran, Israel is stepping up its efforts to highlight the potential threat of Iran with Dr Siboni presenting an Iranian Cyber Warfare Capabilities Briefing on December 16 in Virginia, USA.