Iran: We Stopped Hack on Oil Rigs

Cyberattack blamed on Israel
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2012 7:13 AM CDT
Iran: We Stopped Hack on Oil Rigs
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, visits Iran's first offshore oil platform in the Caspian Sea, Iran, Thursday, July 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/SHANA,Hamed Nouri)

Iranian oil platforms' communication networks have been hit with an attempted cyberattack—but the country's tech experts have managed to deflect it, says an official. "This attack was planned by the regime occupying Jerusalem"—not-so-subtle code for Israel—"and a few other countries," says the Iranian Offshore Oil Company's information technology head.

But "telephone operations on the platforms and in the areas of Iran's oil and gas operations in the Persian Gulf are normal and have no problems," he adds. The country has strengthened its cyber security since it was hit with the Stuxnet worm, Reuters notes; last week, however, an official said Internet nationwide had been affected by another cyberattack. (More Iran stories.)

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