US Source of Large-scale Cyber-attack on Iran’s Infrastructure - Official
By Staff, Agencies
A senior Iranian official said the large-scale cyber-attack that recently targeted the Islamic Republic’s infrastructure probably originated from the United States.
On February 8, the Iranian internet service suffered hours of disruption in what telecoms authorities said was the result of DDoS cyber-attack that was dealt with swiftly. The “powerful” distributed denial-of-service [DDoS] attack caused users to experience connection issues, according to officials.
Now Brigadier General Gholam-Reza Jalali, the Head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization, said the unsuccessful DDoS attack probably originated from the US.
“It’s very difficult and time-consuming to trace the source of a cyber-attack. The Telecommunication Infrastructure Company is currently studying and looking for the source of the recent cyber-attack against the country … but our analysis is that the US was the origin,” Jalali said in a televised interview on Thursday night.
“The Americans’ cyber-attack has been foiled by our cyber defense unit, and failed,” he said, but at the same time warned that the recent attack might have been carried out to study the feasibility of a bigger attack.
“Since Americans failed to give a military response to our recent shoot-down of their unmanned aerial vehicle in the Iranian waters as well as our missile attack on Ain al-Assad base [in Iraq], they are responding to our country through continued economic pressure and cyber-attacks,” Jalali noted.
“We have managed to control their cyber-attacks, and they have failed to damage any section,” he said, adding, however, that the Islamic Republic must accelerate its efforts to launch its National Information Network in a bid to maintain services in case of bigger attacks.