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Malware Infected IAEA’s Computers, Agency Reports

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of United Nations Organization told its member states through a secret notification that malware contaminated a few computers of the agency over the last few months. Euroweeklynews.com published this dated October 22, 2013.

It maybe noted that IAEA imparts an enormous function through worldwide initiatives for preventing nuclear weapons from proliferating. It has been performing certain politically sensitive jobs among which investigation of the disputed atomic operations in Iran is one.

Within one brief note that the IAEA gave out on 21st October 2013, the agency stated that following one internal investigation experts had come to the conclusion that malware had infected a few PCs the agency operated over recent months.

The note stated that the affected PCs had their location in IAEA's common areas of its Vienna HQs namely VIC (Vienna International Centre).

Director Serge Gas for the Public Information Division of IAEA explained that the malware infection compromised data on Universal Serial Bus (USB) drives that several visitors to VIC brought in, reported Reuters dated October 22, 2013.

Gas stated that according to IAEA's secretariat, there was no malware on the data memory sticks themselves alternatively there was any chance of them proliferating the malicious software still more. All files and folders on IAEA's network remained unaffected, he added.

Gas did not elaborate on the malware's thorough description that contaminated the VIC PCs; however, assured that in future, there would be a strengthening of the security equipments in connection with detachable devices used within IAEA's premises. Techworm.in published this dated October 22, 2013.

In the meantime, in a similar attack against IAEA, during 2012, Iranian cyber-assaults were greatly suspected at the time Tehran was intensively disagreeing with western countries about Iran's nuclear policy. Iranian hackers had then hijacked IAEA's servers to post sensitive contact details about the agency's high-level nuclear experts on the Internet.

According to experts, the most disturbing Internet assaults, however, occurred against Aramco the Saudi oil company, damaging numerous computers, and the gas export plants of Qatar. Both Qatar and Saudi Arabia have a regional alliance with the West.

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