Iran accuses Israel of carrying out new cyber attack 

Source: Iran accuses Israel of carrying out new cyber attack – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

Iran’s Telecommunications minister accused Israel of targeting the country’s communications infrastructure.

BY ANNA AHRONHEIM
 NOVEMBER 5, 2018 14:00
Computer code and an Israeli flag

Iran’s Telecommunications minister accused Israel of a new cyber attack on the Islamic Republic, the same day US sanctions lifted by the 2015 nuclear deal were reimposed and just days after Iran said it had neutralized a new version of the Stuxnet virus.
In a series of tweets, Telecommunication Minister Mohammad Javad Azeri Jahromi blamed Israel for the attack, saying it targeted Iran’s communications infrastructure and said that Iran would sue for the cyber-attack via international bodies
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“The Zionist regime, with its dark record of using cyber weapons such as Stuxnet computer virus, launched a cyber attack on Iran on Monday to harm the country’s communication infrastructures,” Jahromi said in a tweet on Monday, adding that “Thanks to the vigilance of (Iranian) technical teams, it (Israel) returned empty-handed.”
According to Iran’s Tasnim news agency, Jahromi’s deputy Hamid Fattahi said that more details of the alleged Israeli cyber strikes would be made public in the coming days.
Last week General Gholam Reza Jalali, head of country’s military unit in charge of combating sabotage, said that President Hassan Rouhani’s cell phone had been tapped, and that it would be replaced with a more secure device.
In response to the alleged bugging, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted by Iranian State TV as urging defense officials to step up counter-intelligence efforts against “the enemy’s complex practices,” and urged security bodies to “confront infiltration through scientific, accurate, and up-to-date action.”
According to a report by Iran’s semi-official ISNA’s report carried by Al Jazeera, Iran also neutralized a potent new version of the Stuxnet virus, which in 2011 destroyed thousands of centrifuges involved in Iran’s nuclear program.
While no country ever acknowledged being behind the attack, it was widely believed to have been carried out by the United States and Israel.
“Recently we discovered a new generation of Stuxnet, which consisted of several parts… and was trying to enter our systems,” Jalali was quoted by ISNA as saying.
The latest alleged cyber attacks came as the Trump administration re-imposed oil and financial sanctions against Iran, and added 300 new designations on the country’s oil, shipping, insurance and banking sectors.
“The Iran sanctions are very strong; they are the strongest sanctions we have ever imposed,” Trump said at a campaign rally for the midterm elections. “And we will see what happens with Iran, but they’re not doing very well, I can tell you.”
Israel’s defense minister welcomed the restored sanctions, saying in a tweet that they would be a “critical blow” to Iran’s military presence around the Middle East.

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“President Trump’s bold decision is the sea-change the Middle East has been waiting for. In a single move, the United States is dealing a critical blow to Iran’s entrenchment in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Iraq and Yemen,” he wrote. “President Trump, you’ve done it again! Thank you.”

 

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