Teheran: U.S. has started ‘Cyber War’ against Iran

Pierluigi Paganini October 01, 2019

Iran ’s Passive Defense Organization chief Gholamreza Jalali declared that the US government has started its cyber war against the country.

Gholamreza Jalali, Iran’s Passive Defense Organization chief, announced that that “America has started its cyber war against Iran, without providing more details.

The news was reported by the ISNA news website on October 1, Jalali also added that Iran “decisively will resort to cyber defense.”

Jalali is an Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) brigadier general, in November 2018 he announced that government experts have uncovered and neutralized a new strain of Stuxnet.

“Recently we discovered a new generation of Stuxnet which consisted of several parts … and was trying to enter our systems,” Jalali was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency at a news conference marking Iran’s civil defense day

In May, Jalali had accused the U.S. of carrying out psyops operations through social media aimed at influencing Iranians’ sentiment on specific topics. The official also revealed that Iran is targeted by 50,000 cyberattacks, the cyber defense of the country suffers eight major attacks annually.

Last week, Iran’s oil minister, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, ordered companies operating in the energy sector to be on ‘full alert’ to the threat of “physical and cyber” attacks.

“it is necessary for all companies and installations the oil industry to be on full alert against physical and cyber threats,” reads a statement published on the oil ministry’s Shana website.

Iran fears a retaliation of Western countries that are accusing it to carry out physical and cyber attacks against their infrastructure and countries in the Middle East.

Military and intelligence experts believe that western coalition, driven by the US could carry out a series of cyber attacks against Iranian critical infrastructure. A few days after the drone attacks, some western media reported destructive cyber attacks against infrastructures in the Iranian oil sector, but Iran denied it.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – Iran, cyberwar)

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