‘No cyberattack targeted Iran Oil Ministry’

TEHRAN - Iranian energy official Ahmad Tavalaei has rejected reports about a cyberattack shutting down the Oil Ministry’s websites.

The head of the Communications and Information Technology of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) said on Saturday that no cyberattack had been carried out against the Internet and communication systems of the Oil Ministry. 

“The website of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and Oil Ministry were temporarily shut down due to a technical problem that is being resolved,” Tavalaei explained.

The Iranian official pointed to the high network security of the Oil Ministry’s website and said the ministry’s information will not be compromised even in the event of a cyberattack. 

In late 2011, Iran launched a cyber defense headquarters tasked with preventing computer worms from breaking into or stealing data from the country's maximum-security networks, including nuclear facilities, power plants, data centers and banks. 

In June 2010, Iranian officials had identified another virus called Stuxnet, and averted damage to the country's industrial sites and resources.


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