Iran’s strategic network was hit by a new destructive and sophisticated version of the Stuxnet cyber weapon, the Hadashot TV reports.
According to the Hadashot TV, Iran’s strategic network was hit by a destructive malware-based attack hours after Israel revealed the Mossad had thwarted an Iranian murder plot in Denmark, and days after Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani’s phone was tapped.
Attackers used a malware similar to Stuxnet, the cyber weapon that hit the Iranian nuclear plant at Natanz in 2010 interfering with nuclear program of the Government of Teheran.
“Remember Stuxnet, the virus that penetrated the computers of the Iranian nuclear industry?” reported Hadashot TV.
“Iran has admitted in the past few days that it is again facing a similar attack, from a more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated virus than before, that has hit infrastructure and strategic networks.”
The malicious code used in the recent attacks is “more violent, more advanced and more sophisticated,” and Iran blames Israel for the offensive.
The Israeli officials are not commenting on the attack, in recent months the Mossad intelligence agency conducted several operations against Iran. Early this year the cyberspies smuggled a huge trove of documents (paper and digital files) detailing Iran’s clandestine nuclear weapons program out of the Islamic Republic with Iranian agents.”
In September, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu provided at the UN the alleged details about the activity of the Iranian Government’s nuclear inside Iran, in Syria, and in Lebanon.
A few days ago, Gholamreza Jalali, the head of Iran’s civil defense agency confirmed that government experts have uncovered and neutralized a new strain of Stuxnet
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calls for action against the intensified efforts of Iran’s enemies in “infiltrating” his country.
“In the face of the enemy’s complex practices, our civil defense should … confront infiltration through scientific, accurate, and up-to-date … action,” Ayatollah Khamenei told civil defense officials, who are in charge of areas including cyber defense.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
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