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Iran calls on UN to condemn organized cyber attacks

Source: Press TV

Iran's deputy minister for communications and information technology has called on the UN to condemn organized cyber attacks against countries.

A snippet of malware code shows why the virus has been dubbed 'flame'.
Photo: Courtesy of Kaspersky Labs

The UN and its Communications Commission should take a stance on and condemn the organized cyber attacks, Ali Hakim Javadi, who is also the head of the Information Technology Organization of Iran, said on Wednesday.

He said that the huge investment needed for the creation of high-cost viruses such as the Stuxnet or Flame indicated that the malwares were not produced by an individual.

Iran has been the target of several cyber attacks over the past few years.

Last month, Iran's Communications and Information Technology Minister Reza Taqipour said that Tehran has complained to international organizations about the 'state cyberterrorism' against the country.

Taqipour said the cyber attacks on Iran were sponsored by specific governments and added that the computer virus Flame, for instance, was mainly sponsored by the Israeli regime and certain Western countries.

In June, a report by the Washington Post said that the US and Israel have cooperated in creating the computer virus Flame to spy on Iran.

US National Security Agency, the CIA and Israel's military worked together to create the Flame virus, the American newspaper added.

In addition, the New York Times also revealed last month that US President Barack Obama secretly ordered a cyber attack with the Stuxnet computer virus against Iran to sabotage the country's nuclear energy program.

"From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran's main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America's first sustained use of cyber weapons," the report said.

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