Official says Iran "immune" to cyber attacks

Tuesday, Feb 14,2012, 9:18:15 PM

The director of Iran's Passive Defence Organization, Gholamreza Jalali, has said that Iran has enough knowledge to counter cyber threats, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported on 13 February.

"Iranian experts have enough knowledge to counter cyber threats, and all nuclear facilities of the country are immune to cyber attacks."

The official added: "Every development in energy section is being monitored and no indication of cyber attacks or virus threats have been observed."

He added: "The enemies focus their maximum threats against nuclear energy, electronic commerce and bank and financial issues, and domestic experts are closely monitoring their measures."

The official then commented on "the latest measures to counter" computer worm Duqu saying: "After countering [computer virus] Stuxnet we had enough experience to counter the viruses of Stars and Duqu and we succeeded to counter these viruses on time by obtaining the necessary software and removers and making them available to executive bodies."

He continued: "Duqu had not disrupted the activity of industrial systems and it simply carried out espionage and information gathering missions."

Jalali said: "The software for controlling Duqu has been made available to relevant organizations adding: A final and comprehensive report on countering this virus in various systems has not been prepared yet."

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