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Hackers this week launched large-scale attacks against two Iranian government institutions, a senior official said on Thursday, without giving details of the targets or alleged perpetrators. Some government agencies had since temporarily shut down internet services as a precaution, Abolghasem Sadeghi, government information Technology Organization, said on state television.
“The cyber attacks that occurred Monday and Tuesday are under investigation,” Sadeghi said. They were “important and on a large scale,” he added. Iran says it is on high alert over online attacks, which it has blamed in the past on the United States and other foreign states.
U.S. officials said in October 2019 that the United States carried out a cyberattack on Iran after drone strikes on Saudi oil facilities, which Washington and Riyadh blamed on Tehran. Iran has denied any involvement in the attacks, which were claimed by the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen. The United States and other Western powers have also accused Iran of trying to disrupt and break into their networks.
Sources told Reuters in April that hackers working in Iran’s interests targeted the personal email accounts of World Health Organization staff during the coronavirus outbreak. Tehran has denied any involvement. Tensions between Tehran and Washington have intensified since 2018, when US President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with world powers and reimposed sanctions that crippled the Iranian economy. (Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
- Hackers this week launched large-scale attacks against two Iranian government institutions, a senior official said on Thursday, without giving details of the targets or alleged perpetrators.
- Iran claims hackers attacked two of its main institutions