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Iran Won’t Anymore Air Critical Infrastructure Online

Ever since the greatly advanced cyber assaults have been executed with the malicious programs -Flame and Stuxnet, Iran has decided that it will no longer air its critical infrastructures starting September 2012, thus published techweekeurope.co.uk dated August 6, 2012.

Iranian Telecommunications Minister Reza Taghipour explained that the country's decision stemmed from the invulnerability of its sensitive intelligence data on cyber space that had become unreliable owing to a couple of nation states, acting antagonistic towards Iran, controlling the World Wide Web. Telegraph.co.uk reported this in news on August 5, 2012.

Additionally, Mr. Taghipour said that once his country's intelligence network was established, a situation would get created when the hostile countries wouldn't be able to gain admission into its precious intelligence anymore.

Iran feels that Israel and USA, through coordinated actions, launched assaults on its infrastructure over the Internet. For, as per reports, these twin countries designed Stuxnet that understandably attacked the nuclear program of Iran during 2009-10, while used Flame for garnering huge volumes of data stored on the computers of people associated with crucial operations getting conducted inside the country.

Indeed, Iran has been known for censoring the Internet too. Earlier during 2012, it reportedly started blocking websites running with the help of HTTPS a well-known protocol for security. Consequently, several websites such as of prominent banks, Facebook, Google, particularly Gmail, along with numerous other business websites got censored. Further, during the July 2012 end-week, Iran dismissed the news that a PC-virus attacked its computers, including those operating the country's nuclear program thereby compelling the systems to play 'Thunderstruck' (name of AC/DC's classic).

However, according to critics in Iran, the withdrawal from WWW will negatively impact the already disturbed country via the curbing of right to speech. Indeed, they suspect the efficacy of an intranet proposed for the country so far as its proper implementation goes.

Meanwhile, Iranian Security Researcher Nima Rashedan describes Iran as most backward globally so far as cyber-security is concerned and according to the expert, the government's unfunctional status won't let an appropriate implementation of the same. Softpedia.com published this in news on August 6, 2012.

Related article: Iran makes Arrests After Stuxnet Attacks on Nuclear Facilities

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