Iran: Israel, U.S. plan fresh cyber attacks after nuclear talks in Moscow (HA´ARETZ NEWS) By Oded Yaron and Haaretz 06/22/12)
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The United States, Israel, and Britain planned to launch a cyber
attack against Iran following the latest round of nuclear talks in
Moscow, Tehran´s Intelligence Ministry claimed on Thursday.
Speaking to the Iranian state run television network Press TV,
Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said: “Based on obtained
information, the U.S. and the Zionist regime along with the MI6
planned an operation to launch a massive cyber attack against Iran´s
facilities following the meeting between Iran and the P5+1 in Moscow."
According to Moslehi, the alleged attempt to strike Iran´s nuclear
facilities failed over Iranian measures, adding: “They still seek to
carry out the plan, but we have taken necessary measures."
The top Iranian official´s comments came after, earlier this week,
Moscow hosted the latest round of P5+1 nuclear talks, which ended in
the apparent breakdown of talks.
Speaking with Haaretz, a Western diplomat who asked to remain
anonymous in light of the sensitivity of the talks said that one
major obstacle revealed by the Moscow talks relates to the
underground facility for uranium enrichment in Fordo, near the city
According to the diplomat, the Iranians responded only in a broad,
vague fashion to demands that it limit its enrichment of uranium to a
level of 20 percent and move such uranium outside the country, and
they refused to discuss the Fordo plant at all. The Iranians claimed
that Fordo is not a military facility, so it should not be included
in the talks.
"We learned that Fordo is a taboo subject for the Iranians, and that
it is the flagship of their nuclear project," the diplomat said.
Comments by Iran´s intelligence minister on Thursday also came
following the recent uncovering of the so-called Flame malware, which
a Washington Post report on Tuesday claimed was geared at mapping
Iran´s computer networks and monitor computers of Iranian officials.
According to the report, the virus was designed to provide
intelligence to help in a cyber campaign against Iran´s nuclear
program, involving the National Security Agency, the CIA and Israel´s
Speaking on new virus a few weeks ago, Eugene Kaspersky, the head of
the Kaspersky computer security firm, said that an inspection of
Flame´s code revealed loopholes, which could have been used to spy on
the virus´ operators. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 06/22/12)
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