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Iran Starts Making Own Anti-virus Software

BAKU, May 3 (Bernama) – Iran has started making its own anti- virus software, according to Assistant Professor Mohammad Hossein Sheikhi of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Shiraz, TREND news …

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Iran admits to cyberattacks in several government agencies

The Iranian government acknowledged today that authorities have found evidence of recent cyberattacks against several agencies, according to reports by state-sponsored media outlets.

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Iran identifies ‘hidden agenda’ behind oil terminal cyberattack

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Fresh cyber assaults on Iran

IRAN has been forced to take emergency action to protect its main oil terminal and other parts of its energy infrastructure after they came under a fresh wave of cyber attacks.

Reports on semi-official news agencies said that the oil terminal, on Kharg Island near the neck of the Persian Gulf, the central oil ministry and the main national oil company, as well as other linked companies, had all been targeted by a computer worm.

A deputy oil minister said it had not been determined whether the attack came from inside or outside the country.

Israel has been assumed to be responsible for several cyber assaults on Iran’s key infrastructure. Most notably, Stuxnet, a sophisticated computer worm, infected Iran’s nuclear program in 2010.

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Iran readying hacker attacks on U.S. infrastructure, specialists say

Iran is recruiting a hacker army to target the U.S. power grid, water systems and other vital infrastructure for cyberattack in a future confrontation with the United States, security specialists will warn Congress Thursday. "Elements of the IRGC [Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps] have openly sought to pull hackers into the …

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Iran: Oil industry safe after hacker attack, computer virus target computer systems

Industry's computer systems working well despite attack from hackers, computer virus, government minister says

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Iran oil terminal network hit by mystery “worm”

Iran appears to have has suffered a cyberattack that has disrupted and possibly damaged state websites and caused the facilities at the country’s key Kharg Island oil facility to be disconnected from the Internet, news agencies are reporting.

The Iranian Mehr news agency briefly said that the Iranian Oil Ministry, the National Iranian Oil Company which control the huge oil production terminal had been targeted by an unidentified “worm” on Sunday evening, suffering disruption but no lasting damage.

However, there are conflicting reports about the full extent of the disruption, with one quoting Oil ministry official Alireza Nikzad as saying that a “virus” had deleted user data from web servers at the two ministries in question.

The websites of the ministries were also reported to have been offline for some hours, although that alone would not be unusual – Iranian websites are often attacked even if that fact is not always reported.

Oil production at Kharg Island is not believed to have been directly affected. The disconnection of the facility is likely a standard reaction by admins when faced with a worm infection but this is impossible to confirm.

Officials quoted by news agency AFP were willing to liken the attack to the Stuxnet worm of 2010, which is widely believed to have caused significant disruption to industrial systems used by Iran’s fledgling nuclear development programme.

The country had formed a “cyber crisis committee” to cope with the cyberattack, AFP reported.

On the basis of the sketchy information coming out of the country, a Stuxnet II seems unikely. That malware was noticed across the world before its success in Iran was uncovered.  The malware’s targeting or the country was largely inferred from the fact that it attacked industrial control systems used extensively in Iran.

“Whilst in an earlier attack, Stuxnet seems to have been aimed at the nation’s nuclear programme, this particular attack isn’t Stuxnet – at least in the form we’ve previously seen it,” commented ESET senior research fellow, David Harley.

“The Stuxnet payload is very hardware-specific, whereas this malware appears to have stolen and/or destroyed data (depending on which report you read). It may be related, of course, especially if it turns out that it is targeted,” he speculated.

The country is also accused of being an Internet aggressor recently being accused of being behind a large and organised attack on the BBC that caused several days of problems for the Corporation.

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Iran Investigating Suspected Cyberattack on Its Main Oil Export Terminal

A virus was detected inside the control systems of Kharg Island – which handles the vast majority of Iran's crude oil exports – but the terminal remained operational, a source at the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) said. The virus, which is likely to draw comparisons with the Stuxnet computer worm which reportedly affected Iranian nuclear facilities in 2009-10, struck late on Sunday. It hit …

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Banking System Vulnerability – 3 million bank accounts hacked in Iran

Banking System Vulnerability – 3 million bank accounts hacked in Iran

Iran’s Central Bank has announced that the electronic information of 3 million customers of 10 Iranian banks have been compromised. These banks now require their customers to change their ATM pin numbers before they can access their account. This has caused a rush to the ATM machines by the worried customers.
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Report: Iran unplugs oil terminal from Internet

Iran has disconnected its oil ministry and its main crude export terminal from the Internet to avoid being attacked by computer malware, a semiofficial news agency reported on Monday.

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