Iran Nuclear Plant Hit By Cyber Attack

Iran's nuclear facility at Natanz has been hit by a cyber attack just after it announced its new uranium enrichment equipment. and the Iranian government is blaming on the Israeli spy agency, Mossad. A top nuclear official in Iran announced the attack, which caused a power failure at the Natanz complex south of Tehran on Sunday 11th April. 

Israeli media has recently warned about Iran's nuclear programme and now says the cyber  attack on the nuclear plant was the result of a secret Israeli operation.

Israeli intelligence sources were quoted in Hebrew-language media recently claiming credit for the attack. They said that a cyber attack by Mossad inflicted “severe damage at the heart of Iran’s enrichment programme”.

These events comes after diplomatic efforts to revive a 2015 nuclear deal, which had been abandoned by the Trump administration in 2018. Israel and US allies in the Gulf strongly oppose restoration of the deal in its current form, without also addressing Iran’s ballistic missile program and its regional meddling through proxy militias in Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after talks on Monday 12th April with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin: “I will never allow Iran to obtain the nuclear capability to carry out its genocidal goal of eliminating Israel, and Israel will continue to defend itself against Iran’s aggression and terrorism.”

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated new centrifuges at the Natanz site in a ceremony that was broadcast live on national television. Centrifuges are devices needed to produce enriched uranium, which can be used to make reactor fuel as well as nuclear weapons. This nuclear development by Iran represented a breach of the country's undertakings in the 2015 deal, which only permits Iran to produce and store limited quantities of enriched uranium to be used to produce fuel for commercial power plants.

Both sides have already targeted Industrial Control Systems (ICS) which have emerged as a key weakness for countries across the globe. Sabotage was blamed for a fire at the Natanz site which hit a central centrifuge assembly workshopin July 2020. Likewise, an attempt by hackers to disrupt Israel's water distribution infrastructure is attributed to agents of Iran. 

Iran's state TV network read out a statement by the head of the national Atomic Energy Agency which described this most recent  incident as "nuclear terrorism" and calling on the international community and the IAEA to deal with  it, saying " Iran reserves the right to take action against the perpetrators." The IAEA said it was aware of the reports of an incident at Natanz but would not comment.

Since the emergence of the Stuxnet virus a decade ago, attempts to hack and exploit ICS systems have emerged as one of the most dangerous and contested frontlines in cyber warfare around the world, with officials in the Biden administration last week revealing a planned executive order to beef up US defences.

Hamodia:    Arab News:    Malaysiakini:       Guardian:        Times:       BBC

You Might Also Read: 

Iran In The Firing Line: 

 

« N. Korean Hacking Group Is Targeting Security Researchers
US Blacklists Seven Chinese Supercomputer Organisations »

CyberSecurity Jobsite
Perimeter 81

Directory of Suppliers

Authentic8

Authentic8

Authentic8 transforms how organizations secure and control the use of the web with Silo, its patented cloud browser.

Practice Labs

Practice Labs

Practice Labs is an IT competency hub, where live-lab environments give access to real equipment for hands-on practice of essential cybersecurity skills.

Jooble

Jooble

Jooble is a job search aggregator operating in 71 countries worldwide. We simplify the job search process by displaying active job ads from major job boards and career sites across the internet.

CYRIN

CYRIN

CYRIN® Cyber Range. Real Tools, Real Attacks, Real Scenarios. See why leading educational institutions and companies in the U.S. have begun to adopt the CYRIN® system.

LockLizard

LockLizard

Locklizard provides PDF DRM software that protects PDF documents from unauthorized access and misuse. Share and sell documents securely - prevent document leakage, sharing and piracy.

International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA)

International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA)

The International Cyber Security Protection Alliance is a not-for-profit org supporting law enforcement units globally in their fight against cybercrime.

Praetorian

Praetorian

Praetorian services include security assessments, penetration testing, code reviews, regulatory compliance solutions, and incident response.

Ideagen

Ideagen

Ideagen provides information management, safety, risk and compliance software solutions that allow organisations to achieve operational excellence, regulatory compliance and reduce risk.

The Open Group

The Open Group

The Open Group: Leading the development of open, vendor-neutral IT standards and certifications.

limes datentechnik

limes datentechnik

limes datentechnik is an authority in the fields of cryptography and data compression. The FLAM product family is an internationally accepted standard for efficient and safe handling of data.

StormWall

StormWall

StormWall is an Anti-DDoS protection service for websites and networks. We offer 100% protection from all types of DDoS attacks and 24/7 technical support.

Corvus Insurance

Corvus Insurance

Corvus' mission is to create a safer, more productive world through technology-enabled commercial insurance.

Belden

Belden

Belden is a global leader in signal transmission and security solutions for mission-critical applications in enterprise and industrial markets. Belden brands include Hirschmann and Tofino Security.

Elemendar

Elemendar

Elemendar Artificial Intelligence reads cyber threat reports written by humans and translates them into industry-standard, machine-readable and machine-actionable data.

Acceptto

Acceptto

Acceptto offers the first unified and continuous authentication identity access platform with No-Password.

Kinnami Software

Kinnami Software

Kinnami is a data security company that equips organizations with the tools they need to secure and protect highly confidential documents and data.

UTMStack

UTMStack

UTMStack is a Unified Security Management system that includes SIEM, Vulnerability Management, Network and Host IDS/IPS, Asset Discovery, Endpoint Protection and Incident Response.

Center for Medical Device Cybersecurity (CMDC) - University of Minnesota

Center for Medical Device Cybersecurity (CMDC) - University of Minnesota

CMDC’s mission is to foster university-industry-government partnerships to assure that medical devices are safe and secure from cybersecurity threats.

Firmus

Firmus

As the leading penetration testing services provider in Malaysia, Firmus evaluates the ability of your internal or external information assets to withstand attacks.

Hubify

Hubify

Hubify is an experienced, service-driven technology company specialising in business connectivity across mobile, data, voice, cloud, & cyber security solutions.

Lumifi

Lumifi

Lumifi provide end-to-end cybersecurity resilience solutions with a specialty in managed detection and response (MDR) services.