Iranians spend $8 bln on electronic products

Iran Materials 12 June 2012 17:40 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 12/Trend M. Moezzi

Iranians have spent $7.9 billion annually on electronic and communications products, making them an ideal market for domestic technology production.

First though, work has to be done on effective processes and systems to help make businesses competitive domestically and internationally, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reports Minister of Communications Reza Taghipour saying.

Domestically producing technology not only helps Iran economically, it is important strategically too. Right now, a large share of the software used in Iran is designed inside the country, said Mr. Taghipour who called foreign designed software "unsafe and a threat to
Iran's national security."

Recently, Iran announced it had discovered another computer program designed to target it the purpose of gathering information or attacking a specific system.

Flame is the third computer virus to have beset Iran's systems since 2010 when 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.

Stuxnet was followed by Duqu, a virus designed to gather data for future cyber-attack. Iran gave news of discovering Duqu in November 2011.