Iran introduces domestically-made antivirus Padvish

Iran introduces domestically-made antivirus Padvish

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jun.30/ Trend F.Karimov/

Iranian engineers have managed to develop an antivirus which can compete with foreign rivals, the Mehr News Agency reported.

The Padvish antivirus is also an anti-malware which can protect computer networks.

The software is being used in a number of organizations and will be offered to home users in the near future.

The Islamic republic has been a target of several major cyber attacks in recent years.

In 2010, Iran's industrial and nuclear computer systems were attacked by the Stuxnet worm.

The worm was a malware designed to infect computers using Siemens Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) - a control system favoured by industries that manage water supplies, oil rigs and power plants.

Since then Iranian officials have stated that the country will be working on strengthening country's online security.

Not long ago, Iran announced that it has prohibited import of foreign computer security software. Iran's Information and Communications Technology Ministry said that Iran will rely on its own software, made by local developers.

According to the Ministry, domestic security programs have been improving, and Iran will use them, instead of foreign security software, which cannot be trusted.
In April 25, 2011, Iranian officials announced that the country had been targeted by a new computer worm named Stars.

Later, news agencies reported that another computer worm named Duqu had targeted some Iranian organizations and companies.

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