Iran is victim of cyber terrorism

Business Materials 6 July 2013 16:57 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 6/ Trend, N. Umid/

Iran is a victim of cyber terrorism, head of the Iranian Cyber Police Kamal Hadianfar said, Isna news agency reported.

All countries, regardless of any political discrepancy should cooperate for preparation safe cyberspace, Hadianfar said.

"Iran's Cyber police are ready for International cooperation and interaction with other countries against cyber attacks," he added.

Various Iranian industrial, nuclear and government bodies have recently come under growing cyber attacks, widely believed to be designed and staged by the US and Israel.

Wide-scale cyber attacks on Iranian facilities started in 2010 after the US and Israel tried to disrupt the operation of Iran's nuclear facilities through a worm which later came to be known as Stuxnet.

Stuxnet is the first discovered worm that spies on and reprograms industrial systems. It is specifically written to attack SCADA systems which are used to control and monitor industrial processes.

In September, the Islamic Republic said that the computer worm of Stuxnet infected 30,000 IP addresses in Iran, but it denied the reports that the cyber worm had damaged computer systems at the country's nuclear power plants.

In April, Iran announced that it has discovered the Stars virus that is being used as a tool to commit espionage.

That was the second cyber attack waged by enemies of Iran to undermine the country's nuclear as well as economic and industrial activities.

The Islamic Republic of Iran previously announced plans to strengthen its cyber power by establishing a Supreme Council of Cyberspace to defend the country against cyber attacks.