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Iranian security experts believe they can protect their nuclear facilities against foreign cyber attack

Iranian officials believe that security experts tasked with preventing cyber attacks can protect their nuclear facilities.  

"Most enemy threats target nuclear energy sites as well as electronic trade and banking operations," said Gholam Reza Jalali, Iranian civil defense head, noted in an interview.  "Iranian experts possess adequate knowledge to confront cyber threats.  All nuclear facilities in the country are immune from cyber attacks."

In 2009, the Stuxnet worm temporarily derailed some Iranian nuclear centrifuges, hitting more than 30,000 Iranian IP addresses.  Stuxnet was designed so hijackers would be able to remotely control infected computers and collect information about nuclear facilities.  However, Iranian officials said the worm was unable to cause any significant damage, or compromise any classified information.  

Stuxnet apparently struck the Bushehr nuclear power plant first, though Iranian security officials were able to detect the cyber attack quickly.  It was likely reverse-engineered so it could be stopped, but future attacks could be built from Stuxnet.

Following the attack, Iran accused tech giant Siemens of aiding the U.S. and Israel, saying the company needed to be held accountable for its actions.  The company not surprisingly declined comment, and nothing has resulted from Iran's accusations.   

Jalali also noted that foreign-made viruses, such as Stars and Doku, were likely launched by the United States, Israel, and other western super powers.  

Both independent hackers and organized crime rings have launched cyber attacks on governments and corporations -- but the Iranian claims to be able to adequately counter cyber attacks seems foolhardy.  Despite Stuxnet, Stars, and Doku not successfully compromising Iran's networks, other more sophisticated attacks are sure to follow.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard now has a group of organized hackers they call upon to attack western targets.  The nation has had a cyber army for about three years, and wants to further modernize their attack methods.

Tensions between Iran and the rest of the world have reached a boiling point -- both on the Internet and in the real world -- as Israel blames Iran for several high-profile bombings in recent days.  

Sources: FARS News Agency, Times of India



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Hey Iran...
By Duraz0rz on 2/15/2012 9:07:08 AM , Rating: 5
Challenge accepted.




RE: Hey Iran...
By Chudilo on 2/15/2012 9:34:27 AM , Rating: 2
Hah. Exactly. That's an in-your-face challenge to all the hackers in the world... So far they've been dealing with the sponsored white-hat hackers. Wait 'till they see some REAL deal experts :)


RE: Hey Iran...
By StevoLincolnite on 2/15/2012 10:15:12 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
Challenge accepted.


*Un-plugs internet cable from nuclear facility*

Challenge failed.

No seriously, if you have a nuclear facility hooked up to the internet, you're asking for trouble, plain and simple.


RE: Hey Iran...
By MZperX on 2/15/2012 12:18:01 PM , Rating: 3
Hmm, perhaps you are not aware that the Stuxnet attack damaged thousands of centrifuges in a plant which was not connected to the Internet... when there's a will there's a way. Someone will do it for the lulz.


RE: Hey Iran...
By Mitch101 on 2/15/2012 5:25:43 PM , Rating: 2
Yea they probably just went around an put epoxy in all the USB ports. Watch Stuxnet2 now Bluetooth aware.


RE: Hey Iran...
By CZroe on 2/15/2012 1:27:11 PM , Rating: 2
Stuxnet traveled to isolated networks via pendrive.


Siemens
By Steve1981 on 2/15/2012 9:58:29 AM , Rating: 5
quote:
Following the attack, Iran accused tech giant Siemens of aiding the US and Israel, saying the company needed to be held accountable for its actions. The U.S. company not surprisingly declined comment, and nothing has resulted from Iran's accusations.


FYI:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siemens

quote:
Siemens AG (German pronunciation: ['zi?m?ns]) is a German multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Munich, Germany. It is the largest Europe-based electronics and electrical engineering company.[2]




RE: Siemens
By kleinma on 2/15/2012 10:08:13 AM , Rating: 5
Dude.. this is dailytech.. the site where no fact checking or editing happens prior to articles getting published. Just be happy Siemens wasn't spelled Semens.


RE: Siemens
By kattanna on 2/15/2012 10:58:54 AM , Rating: 3
while true.. sadly dailytech is far far from being alone in this regard.

at least here we can post and point out the flaws


What about the drone?
By BernardP on 2/15/2012 9:42:08 AM , Rating: 2
This reminds me...

What happened to the remote-controlled drone captured by Iran a few months backs. IIRC, the US politely asked Iran to return it.

Any new development to that story?




RE: What about the drone?
By Tony Swash on 2/15/2012 9:49:45 AM , Rating: 1
It accidentally blew up whilst being stored in their nuclear facility.


RE: What about the drone?
By kleinma on 2/15/2012 10:06:10 AM , Rating: 2
They sold it to China for some more nuke technology...


RE: What about the drone?
By Dr of crap on 2/15/2012 10:06:59 AM , Rating: 2
That's a good laugh!

But in reality, we'd never plan something so good and evil.
We're the US, we don't so that.


RE: What about the drone?
By Ringold on 2/16/2012 12:03:36 PM , Rating: 2
Ha!
By FITCamaro on 2/15/2012 8:50:37 AM , Rating: 1
Hope they have a firewall that can keep out a cruise missile or several bunker busters.




RE: Ha!
By lagomorpha on 2/15/2012 1:16:44 PM , Rating: 2
Should be interesting to see a repeat of what Israel did to Osirak.


RE: Ha!
By edge929 on 2/15/2012 2:09:41 PM , Rating: 2
It's only a matter of time if things keep going the way they are now.


RE: Ha!
By Ringold on 2/16/2012 12:01:37 PM , Rating: 2
Just about a week ago, Khomeini said Israel was a cancer that he would remove. I feel sorry for Israel; they're going to have to attack Iran alone, their allies will show faux outrage, and the world will condemn them for defending themselves from a country that promises its eradication. They get a raw deal no matter what they do.

Could also be very bad for the Iranian people, who probably didn't really elect its government, but had their votes stolen. If countries do have integrity and support Israel, bits of intelligence suggest the Revolutionary Guard has terrorists planted all around the world ready to retaliate.


I would not say quickly....
By Jedi2155 on 2/15/2012 8:14:17 AM , Rating: 2
Cyber attacks, cannot alone stop them. It is definitely an extremely effective tool in slowing them down however. The issues caused by Stuxnet was extremely potent and dangerous, but they need proper political action to accompany it in order to be truly effective at stopping this threat.

Iran will not be making the same mistakes again, so I hope we used this delay to our most benefit...

And good Jobs Siemens on that Trojan horse.




RE: I would not say quickly....
By stimudent on 2/15/2012 9:37:04 AM , Rating: 3
The Titanic was unsinkable and the stone buildings built in the 1800s were fireproof.


hmmm
By kleinma on 2/15/2012 10:05:11 AM , Rating: 4
So they can't get viruses and are immune from any sort of problems... they must run those nuke facilities on Macs ;)

Or maybe it is just that Iran is known for having their own reality distortion field




ironic
By laweijfmvo on 2/15/12, Rating: 0
RE: ironic
By Tuor on 2/15/2012 9:51:52 AM , Rating: 2
It would be funny, but hypocrites tend to have a very poor sense of humor.


Chips are down...
By speedfriend on 2/15/2012 10:07:12 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder how the Iranian super hackers do their work without relying on the processors made by the imperialist Satan...




Stuxnet
By drycrust3 on 2/15/2012 10:07:39 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Stuxnet was designed so hijackers would be able to remotely control infected computers and collect information about nuclear facilities.

My understanding of the Stuxnet virus is very different, especially in that it doesn't have any remote human control capability.
Quoting Wikipedia:
"It initially spreads via Microsoft Windows, and targets Siemens industrial software and equipment. ...

"While the worm is promiscuous, it makes itself inert if Siemens software is not found on infected computers, ... and to erase itself on 24 June 2012".

"It is initially spread using infected removable drives such as USB flash drives,[8] and then uses other exploits and techniques such as peer-to-peer RPC to infect and update other computers inside private networks that are not directly connected to the Internet. "

"It only attacks those PLC systems with variable-frequency drives from two specific vendors: Vacon based in Finland and Fararo Paya based in Iran.
"...it monitors the frequency of the attached motors, and only attacks systems that spin between 807 Hz and 1210 Hz."

If the criteria are met, then it changes the speed of the turbine to run in a way intended to destroy the centrifuge and motor, but it keeps the speed reading on the computer monitor the same as normal. In addition, I read somewhere that the operator of the machine is in danger of being killed as well.




Oh Iran...
By MrBlastman on 2/15/2012 10:21:10 AM , Rating: 2
How pathetic you sound. Your pathetic whimpering will be merely an afternote, as our bombs hit the ground. Fret about computers, fret about worms--defiantly shake your fists but we won't attack by your terms.

No, you don't have the Americans to fear, you don't have the internets either. No, it is simple really, just a few iron bombs that the Israeli's hold so dear.

Those F-16's, so sleek, so proud. They'll come in quick from afar and very low. You won't see them, no not until it is too late... all that will be left is a single smoking cloud.

So shout, so taunt, so make about with much boast. We laugh as we lounge with our women in public not in fear, not one bit. When all is said and done, it is us that will be having a toast.




Just asking for it....
By dorisfrench on 2/15/2012 11:54:16 AM , Rating: 2
That's just asking for it. Good luck Iran...http://amzn.to/AwGI7B




Sure
By Hector2 on 2/15/2012 12:44:51 PM , Rating: 2
Can you say "bunker bomb" ?




Forget the internet
By Motoman on 2/15/2012 1:37:01 PM , Rating: 2
...your reactors exist only because Chuck Norris allows them to live.




Ah, yes. Monty Python said...
By stusanagain on 2/15/2012 3:37:08 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
[We] fart in your general direction, you silly kuhnnnnnnnnnnnniggets!"*

On the other hand, that was just before they launched the cow. Run away!!!!

* This is not the real quote. I'm not that good. Pay no attention to that Iranian behind the curtain.




Shock and awe part 2?
By Zaranthos on 2/15/2012 4:37:17 PM , Rating: 2
Victory will be ours soon. Iraqis will strike the necks as God has commanded you.
Saddam Hussein - Speaking to his troops as American and coalition troops declare war on Iraq

My name is Saddam Hussein. I am the president of Iraq, and I want to negotiate.
Saddam Hussein - To US troops who captured him in a hole in the ground in near Tikrit

I really don't want more war but Iran should learn from history and shut the hell up.




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