Iranian authorities claim they detected a planned massive Western cyber attack against its nuclear facilities soon after international talks on Iranâ€™s nuclear program seemed to go nowhere.
Iranian officials believe the alleged cyber attacks came mainly from the US, UK, and Israel.
â€œBased on obtained information, America and the Zionist regime (Israel) along with the MI6 planned an operation to launch a massive cyber attack against Iranâ€™s facilities following the meeting between Iran and the P5+1 in Moscow,â€ said Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi, as quoted by state-run media Press TV. â€œThey still seek to carry out the plan, but we have taken necessary measures.â€
Recently, Iranian Police said they had traced the attackers of the Oil Ministryâ€™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 couldnâ€™t disclose it without jeopardizing the investigation.
Interest for the topic skyrocketed after a New York Times report about Barrack Obamaâ€™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 â€œsuper-bugâ€ detected in Iran.Â After Stuxnet and Duqu, the massive â€œFlameâ€ 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 itâ€™s only producing electricity and medical isotopes.