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Reacting to Tel Aviv's cyber war against Iran

Iran Has Strong Capability of Thwarting Israeli Cyber War: Lawmaker

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, August 8 (ICANA) – Amid Israel's plot to wage a major cyber war against Iran, an Iranian lawmaker says the country's security and intelligence bodies have “very strong capabilities” to counter such cyber attacks.
Monday, August 08, 2011 9:10:06 PM
Iran Has Strong Capability of Thwarting Israeli Cyber War: Lawmaker

The US and Israel are well aware that Iran has made considerable progress in terms of countering cyber attacks, said Avaz Heidarpour, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran's Majlis (parliament), on Monday.

Iran has “undeniable” power to thwart cyber wars, he added and emphasized that if Washington and Tel Aviv seek to draw up a new plan to wage cyber attacks, Iran's security and intelligence bodies will immediately adopt an “appropriate and precise” stance.

Speaking to ICANA, the Iranian legislator rejected as “totally false” reports that the issue of cyber attacks against Iran has been “newly” put on Israel's agenda.

The lawmaker also brushed aside claims that Iran's nuclear and military installations could come under cyber attack. "All necessary security measures have been taken in Iran to protect our nuclear and military centers and they are not open to any threat," said the MP.

The remarks came after British newspaper The Sunday Times reported on Sunday that the Israeli military is plotting to wage a major cyber war against Iran by setting up a military cyber command.

The new cyber command, which has been designated as central to 'defense capability' of the Israeli regime, would directly report to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Supported by the military, says the report, the new command center has already conducted a series of "soft" espionage missions, including hacking into Iran's version of Facebook and other social networking sites.

The development comes following an earlier joint Israeli-American effort to sabotage computer systems at Iran's newly-built Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant through a malware virus Stuxnet in cooperation with German Siemens Corporation that supplied Iran with its widely-used industrial control system for power plants.

"Israel must turn into a global cyber superpower," said Netanyahu in a recent meeting with the regime's cyber warfare experts.

"Israel has two principal targets in Iran's cyberspace," which are stopping Iran's nuclear program and its civil infrastructure, said a source with close knowledge of the cyber war preparations.

"Attacking both, we hope, will cripple the entire country's cyberspace," the source added.

Indentified by Iranian officials in June 2010, Stuxnet is a malware designed to infect computers using German industrial Siemens Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) -- a control system favored by industries that manage water supplies, oil rigs, and power plants.

In July 2010, media reports alleged that Stuxnet targeted industrial computers around the globe with Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant being at the center of the cyber attack.

However, Iranian experts detected the worm in time, averting any damage to the country's industrial sites and resources.

The Stuxnet malware virus is widely believed to have been developed by Israeli and American technicians.

Iran's Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said in June that Iran fully monitors cyberspace in order to counter soft war attacks against the Islamic Republic.

Iran is well prepared, from a technical standpoint, to counter the enemy's soft warfare against Iran in the cyberspace, he stated.

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