Iran Has Stopped A Large Scale Infrastructure Attack

The Iranian AFTA Strategic Management Centre, which is the national  presidential strategic management centre, have stopped a widespread cyber attack on the country's infrastructure.  

According to a statement AFTA says it has  succeeded in fending off the cyber attack on the back of “timely action” taken by its security operations command centre. 

The cyber attackers apparently were planning to exploit a security gap in software most widely used by infrastructure organisations in Iran.

“The hackers were planning to exploit the security hole in one of the widely used applications at Iranian organisations to get access to the infrastructures and their data, inject them their own malware, and give them their desired commands,” said AFTA  in a statement . AFTA experts managed to discover the “clues and the behavioral patterns” used in the cyber raid and detect the ultimate targets, which included over 100 important e-services in both state and private sectors of the country.

AFTA claimed that they succeeded in denying permission for IP addresses from the Netherlands, US and UK from accessing "back doors" in the flawed software.

Iran’s state organisations and nuclear facilities have repeatedly been the target of cyber assaults by Israel and the United States. In one of the latest such acts of sabotage, an Israeli cyber raid caused a temporary outage at gas stations in large cities across Iran in October 2021. In 2011, the US and Israel collaborated in a cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear program, using a piece of malware known as Stuxnet

In December 2021 Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations underlined Tehran’s opposition to inference in the internal affairs of the states, saying that his country is itself a victim of cyberattacks by the US and Israel. “Iran has been the victim of a number of cyber-attacks, including the 2010 Stuxnet malware attacks against its critical infrastructure by the US and Israel. Since 2010, these illegal acts have intensified and still continue.... We believe that this Group is in the best position to address this irresponsible behavior and build upon the desire to end such reckless activities,” the ambassador said.

Iran says that like many other countries in the world, it is exposed to cyber threats, and the country has been one of the main targets of cyber attacks by enemies against its peaceful nuclear program, oil infrastructure and government institutions in recent years.

It also says that there is ample evidence that many attacks around the world using advanced cyber weapons are carried out jointly by the US National Security Agency (NSA), the Zionist regime and British intelligence agencies, including the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), in some cases, criminal groups also carry out these attacks on their behalf, Iranian sources claim.

JPost:    IFPNews:    FarsNews:    MiddleEast24:     Iran Press

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