UN Nuclear Watchdog: Anti-Israel Group Hacked Us

Hackers want investigation into Israeli nuclear program
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 28, 2012 8:40 AM CST
UN Nuclear Watchdog: Anti-Israel Group Hacked Us
Outside view of the UN building with the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, office inside, in Vienna, Austria.   (AP Photo/Ronald Zak, file)

The International Atomic Energy Agency said yesterday that one of its servers had been hacked by a group critical of Israel's unacknowledged nuclear program that posted contact details for more than 100 experts working for the UN nuclear watchdog. A group called "Parastoo," a common Iranian girl's name, claimed responsibility on its website two days ago. Chastising Israel for its "nuclear arsenal," the hackers urged the experts whose names they published to sign a petition demanding an "open investigation" into Israel's nuclear program.

An IAEA spokeswoman said the agency "deeply regrets this publication" of information, which came from an old server that had been shut down some time ago. Agency experts had been working to eliminate any "possible vulnerability" in it even before it was hacked. The IAEA was doing "everything possible to help ensure that no further information is vulnerable," she said in an email. (Read more hackers stories.)

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