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Iran Rreported New Cyberattack Targeted Power Plant and Culture Ministry

In the last few years, various Iranian industrial, nuclear and government bodies have recently come under growing cyber attacks, widely believed to be designed and staged by the US and Israel.

Wide-scale cyber attacks on Iranian facilities started in 2010  to disrupt the operation of Iran's nuclear facilities through a worm which later came to be known as Stuxnet.

The Fars News Agency said the attack had originated in Dallas and was routed to Iran via Malaysia and Vietnam. It did not elaborate on the significance of that information but noted that a broad array of Iranian targets had recently come under cyberattacks that were “widely believed to be designed and staged by the U.S. and Israel.”

In April a similar attack was carried out against Iran's oil ministry. According to the oil ministry, the cyber attack was carried out through a virus penetration that damaged users' hard disks, but failed. Senior Iranian oil ministry officials later announced that their computer systems resumed normal operation.

A few days later hackers failed to penetrate into the Iranian Science Ministry's computer network.

"Despite the frequent efforts made by hackers, the cyber attack has failed to leave any impact on the data system," a statement released by the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology said.

It further praised the proper measures and full preparedness of the relevant departments at the science ministry for repelling the attack.

American intelligence officials have said they believe that Iranian specialists in cybersabotage were responsible for those assaults, which erased thousands of Saudi files and temporarily prevented some American banking customers from accessing their accounts.