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Iran is formulating strategic cyber defense plan: official


Source: Mehr News Agency

The director of the Passive Defense Organization has said that Iranian experts are preparing a strategic cyber defense plan to help the country counter cyber attacks.

Head of Iran's Passive Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam-Reza Jalali
Brigadier General Gholam-Reza Jalali
Head of Iran's Passive Defense Organization

"In the previous (Iranian calendar) year (ended on March 19), the country's cyber command was established, and (the formulation of) the cyber defense strategy is now on our agenda," Gholam Reza Jalali said on Thursday in an interview with "Iran" radio station when asked about plans to deal with cyber attacks on the country.

"The important point is that we develop mechanisms for cyber defense in a way that we will be able to defend the country against new viruses," he said.

He also said that over the past few years Iran had been the target of numerous cyber attacks, which had been carried out to disrupt the country's industrial systems, but Iranian experts had been able to successfully monitor and counter the threats.

In addition, he said that the focus of the cyber command's activities was on cyber defense and Iran had no plan to launch cyber attacks on other countries.

Over the recent years, Iran has been the target of several major cyber attacks.

In September 2010, it was reported that the Stuxnet worm, which is capable of taking over power plants, had infected many industrial sites in Iran.

Iranian officials confirmed that some Iranian industrial systems had been targeted by a cyber attack, but insisted that no crashes or serious damage to the country's industrial computer systems had been reported and said Iranian engineers had rooted out the problem.

In April 25, 2011, Iranian officials announced that the country had been targeted by a new computer worm named Stars.

Later, news agencies reported that another computer worm named Duqu had targeted some Iranian organizations and companies.

On May 28, Reuters reported that security experts had discovered a new data-stealing spyware virus dubbed Flame that had lurked inside thousands of computers across the Middle East for as long as five years as part of a sophisticated cyber warfare campaign.

On May 30, Ali Hakim-Javadi, the Iranian deputy minister of information and communications technology, announced that Iranian experts had created the required anti-virus software to clean the systems infected by the Flame virus.

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