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Iran yet Again Faces Cyber Assault from the Stuxnet

Iran was once again attacked with Stuxnet the notorious PC-virus on 25th December 2012; however, security specialists were able to thwart its proliferation, published globalpost.com dated December 25, 2012.

It maybe noted that Stuxnet the malware with strong capabilities was originally created for striking the industrial systems at Siemens a world mega brand. To work, the virus must enter a system through a contaminated USB drive following which it connects to its remote controlling system to receive commands. With this, the attackers are able to gain control over any industrial computer as also copy data from it. The capability of Stuxnet's code was fifty times more than any average virus, stated Symantec previously during 2012.

Moreover, it's reported that the cyber assault that interrupts PC-networks aimed at manufacturing industries situated at Hormozgan a southern province of Iran.

As per Ali Akbar Akhavan, Chief of Civil Defense, the Stuxnet attack was the most recent among the many online assaults launched on the region during the past few months. Iranian authorities as well asserted that it had neutralized several malware and worms among which were Flame and Stuxnet viruses that targeted the nuclear and oil plants of Iran. Globalpost.com published this.

Akhavan added that enemies were, without break, aiming attack on the country's industrial plants via online networks so as to disrupt operations.

Meanwhile, according to the FARS news group of Iran, the Stuxnet attacked systems at the Ministry of Culture's main office for Supporting and Protecting Works of Art and Culture after apparently being transmitted from Dallas through intermediary countries of Vietnam and Malaysia. Nonetheless, it reported that the headquarters' specialists had warded off the assault. And while FARS didn't report in detail about the news, it however, noted that varied targets in Iran of late came under cyber-assaults, which believably had been the work of Israel and USA.

Seemingly, the new Stuxnet online assault followed the economic sanctions that the West tightened on Iran, whilst diplomats negotiating towards solving the nuclear conflict held off dialog since June 2012. Expectedly, they'll resume the said negotiations after its announcement probably coming in January 2013.

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

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