29 May 2024
Friday 14 September 2012 - 18:47
Story Code : 5650

Iran to set up cyber rescue teams

Iran to set up cyber rescue teams
Iran's Communications and Information Technology Minister Reza Taqipour says the government has ordered all executive apparatuses to set up cyber rescue teams in order to counter cyber attacks.

The governments recent order follows a series of measures taken since 2010 when the countrys cyber infrastructures came under systemic attack by computer viruses and malwares such as stuxnet and flame that were orchestrated by Irans main foes, Israel and the US in order to sabotage Irans nuclear program.

Washington post reported in June thatthe US National Security Agency, the CIA and Israel's military jointly developed the flame virus to spy on Iran's atomic activities.The malware was designed to spy on Iran's computer networks and send back intelligence used for an ongoing cyberwarfare campaign, the report said.According to another report, a classified project code-namedOlympic Games was first developed during theGeorge W. Bushadministration to damage Iran's nuclear program in order to delay Irans progress.

The measures adopted by the Iranian government include establishing a Cyber Command, theSupreme Council of Cyberspace,CyberArmy and a plan to launch the country's national internet in order to protect the Islamic Republic's cyber infrastructures and organizations against organized attacks.

The national internet project has been designed to cut off Iran's key organizations, such as banks, ministries or companies, from the international internet in order to safeguard them against foreign attacks. Iran hasalsocomplained about state-sponsored cyberterrorism against the country to international organizations.
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