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Iran Allegedly Detected Massive Western Cyber Attack

Iranian authorities claim they detected a planned massive Western cyber attack against its nuclear facilities soon after international talks on Iran’s nuclear program seemed to go nowhere.

Iranian officials believe the alleged cyber attacks came mainly from the US, UK, and Israel.

“Based on obtained information, America and the Zionist regime (Israel) along with the MI6 planned an operation to launch a massive cyber attack against Iran’s facilities following the meeting between Iran and the P5+1 in Moscow,” said Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi, as quoted by state-run media Press TV. “They still seek to carry out the plan, but we have taken necessary measures.”

Recently, Iranian Police said they had traced the attackers of the Oil Ministry’s main servers back in US and now expect American authorities to disclose the identities of the IPs, so they can sue them for sabotage. At the time, Iran announced it had identified the hidden agenda of the cyber attack, but couldn’t disclose it without jeopardizing the investigation.

Interest for the topic skyrocketed after a New York Times report about Barrack Obama’s implication in the Stuxnet attack that hamstrung an Iranian nuclear research facility. Specifically designed to target industrial plants, the malware was discovered in June 2010.

This was not the first “super-bug” detected in Iran.  After Stuxnet and Duqu, the massive “Flame” Trojan was isolated in Iran in May of this year and can be detected by any user with a Bitdefender tool.

While the US and other states say that Iran uses nuclear facilities to fabricate bombs, Tehran insists it’s only producing electricity and medical isotopes.

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