TEHRAN, Iran (TheBlaze/AP) — An Iranian semi-official news agency says there has been another cyberattack by the sophisticated computer worm Stuxnet, this time on the industries in the country’s south.
Tuesday’s report by ISNA quotes provincial civil defense chief Ali Akbar Akhavan as saying the virus targeted a power plant and some other industries in Hormozgan province in recent months.
Akhavan says Iranian computer experts were able to “successfully stop” the worm.
Iran has repeatedly claimed defusing cyber worms and malware, including Stuxnet in 2010 and later the Flame virus that targeted the vital oil sector, which provides 80 percent of the country’s foreign revenue.
Tehran has said both worms are part of a secret U.S.-Israeli program that seeks to destabilize Iran’s nuclear program. BBC has more on this perspective in its report:
[…] Akhavan said Iranian industry was constantly being targeted by “enemy cyber attacks” and companies in Hormozgan province had recently been infiltrated, the semi-official Isna news agency reported.
“The Bandar Abbas electricity supply company has come under cyber attack,” he told a news conference. “But we were able to prevent its expansion owing to our timely measures and the co-operation of skilled hackers.”
The West suspects Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program, a charge Tehran denies.
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