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Iran Claims to Have Detected Another Emerging Cyber Attack

According to comments made on Iran’s state-ran television by Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi, the nation has detected another cyber attack aimed at their nuclear facilities. These claims come shortly after the New York Times and Washington Post independently revealed that the U.S., along with Israel, used Stuxnet and Flame to target Iran’s nuclear program.

Iran's Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi made the comments Thursday afternoon.

“Based on obtained information, America and the Zionist regime (Israel) 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,” he said, adding that they have taken the “necessary precautions” to protect their nuclear facilities.

The comments come as no surprise, given that similar claims were made after it was learned that the U.S. developed Stuxnet. Given the revelations about Flame, Iran comes off as saber-rattling.

Coverage from the Washington Post on the development of Flame can be found here. The original New York Time story, which is an excerpt from a book, is here.   

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Steve Ragan is a security reporter and contributor for SecurityWeek. Prior to joining the journalism world in 2005, he spent 15 years as a freelance IT contractor focused on endpoint security and security training.