Reuters reports on Iran claiming to have thwarted a US cyber attack on its oil ministry:
Speaking at a cyber crime forum in Tehran on Tuesday, the head of Iran’s Cyber Police (FATA) Brigadier General Seyed Kamal Hadianfar announced that Cyber Attacks Emergency Center had defended the oil ministry against hackers. The alleged attack took place during a four-day holiday on March 21-24.
“These hackers were from the US” Hadianfar said, as cited by FARS news agency. “The IP address for these hackers was in America.”
The chief of cyber police said that Tehran had already informed Washington via an official letter and issued an “international judicial order” as FATA passed the issue to the foreign ministry.
FATA discovers, identifies and solves some 90 percent of Internet crimes committed against Iran, Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said speaking at the same event. “Iran has had a low number of cyber crimes as compared to other countries despite the presence of over 46 million Internet users in the country,” the minister added.
The cyber standoff between Iran and the US has been widely reported over recent years. Both US and Tehran have accused each other of cybercrimes aimed at strategic sectors of the government and the economy.