IAEA admits computer systems ‘were hacked’

SYDNEY – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed that one of its servers had been hacked after a previously unknown group critical of Israel’s undeclared nuclear weapons program posted contact details for over 100 experts working for the UN nuclear watchdog.

A group named ‘Parastoo’, Farsi for the swallow bird and a common Iranian girl’s name, claimed responsibility for posting the names on its website two days ago.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, 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.

The paper quoted IAEA spokeswoman Gill Tudor, as saying that the agency deeply regrets this publication of information stolen from an old server.’

She said the server had been shut down some time ago and 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 added.

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