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MP: Anti-Iran Cyber War Hype a Result of US Defeats

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TEHRAN, August 8 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian parliamentarian says the reason the Zionist regime of Israel reportedly intends to launch cyber attacks against Iran is its min patron, the United States has faced repeated defeats in various fronts against Tehran.
Monday, August 08, 2011 9:36:17 PM
MP: Anti-Iran Cyber War Hype a Result of US Defeats

Commenting on foreign media reports that Tel Aviv intends to launch a major cyber attack against Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadi Bighash said Monday that Iran's enemies have spared no efforts to harm the Iranian revolution and people over the past 32 years. "If there is something they have not done against Iran it is because they have been unable to do it," said the lawmaker.

"The idea of a major cyber attack against Iran gives the impression that the Americans have been defeated in all other front against Iran and have now resorted to a new scheme," member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran's Majlis (parliament) told ICANA.

However, the lawmaker assured that Iran was ready to thwart any cyber attack and win the cyber war as well. He said it was unlikely for the US to enter into a new cyber war against Iran following the "big defeats" Washington had sustained on 2-3 occasions last year. He noted that these claims sounded to be a bluff rather than reality.

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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