Iranian Oil Ministry Hackers Traced Back To US IPs

We have already reported that, there is  Cyber Attack Hit On Iran’s Oil Sector. From the reports, the main aim of this attack is to shut down system at Iran’s oil plants, thus destroys its economy.According to Iranian authorities, ” American IPs were identified in the (cyber) attack against the oil ministry.” Iran is now demanding from U.S. to reveal the identify of those to whom the IPs belong so that Iran can file a lawsuit against them.

Relationship between Iran and U.S. has been at a low for a long time.  Both countries are hostile towards each other with U.S. wanting Iran to get rid of its uranium enrichment ventures whereas Iran responding that these ventures are for power-generation and peaceful purposes only.

The Iranian Deputy Oil Minister is of the opinion, “In general the attack was carried out by virus penetration and was aimed at stealing and destroying data and information. Thanks God, at the time being the computer systems are running with a high level of safety and users are working normally.”

The cyber attack, per se, was failure since it failed to significantly impact the Iranian oil sector. Iranian authorities claim that they have back-up of all their data and that no important data was compromised during the attack.

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  1. After a wide-scale cyber attack on Iranian facilities, including its nuclear sites, last year, Iranian officials started planning a proper and well-concerted line of defense against virus attacks.

    Earlier in March, the Islamic Republic of Iran announced plans to strengthen its cyber power by establishing a Supreme Council of Cyberspace to defend the country against cyber attacks.

    Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei tasked Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with the duty of establishing a Supreme Council of Cyberspace.

    In a decree, the Leader enumerated the important impact of the Internet on individual and social life, the necessity of planning to prevent the damages inflicted by it and using opportunities to provide people with useful services as reasons necessitating the establishment of the Supreme Council of Cyberspace.

    The council will establish the National Center for Cyberspace that will allow gaining complete knowledge about the activities in cyberspace on domestic and international scales and deciding how the country must address arising issues.

    The Supreme Council of Cyberspace, headed by Ahmadinejad, comprises of high-ranking Iranian officials such as the Parliament Speaker, Judiciary chief, Head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, and ministers of Communication and Information Technology (CIT), Culture and Islamic Guidance, and Intelligence.

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