Iran: Our nuke facilities still under attack by US, Israelis 'and MI6'
Now pay attention 007, this is a computer
The Iranian government has warned of yet another cyberattack against its nuclear facilities.
Iranian state television reports that the discovery of the assault followed the breakdown on Tuesday of international talks related to Iran's controversial nuclear programme, which Western governments allege is aimed at manufacturing nuclear weapons.
Iran's Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi was quick to point the finger of blame towards the US, the UK and Israel over the attack.
"Based on obtained information, America and the Zionist regime (Israel) along with the MI6 planned an operation to launch a massive cyber attack against Iran's facilities following the meeting between Iran and the P5+1 in Moscow," Mosleh fumed to Iranian government mouthpiece Press TV (via Reuters).
"They still seek to carry out the plan, but we have taken necessary measures," he added, without going into details about the assault.
The accusation follows the discovery last month of Flame, a cyber-espionage utility, that infected computers in Iran and other Middle Eastern countries. The latest theories suggest Flame carried out reconnaissance work on closed networks associated with Iran's nuclear program which were later targeted by the infamous Stuxnet worm, which was discovered in June 2010.
Stuxnet was aimed at sabotaging high-speed centrifuges at the main Iranian enrichment facility after infecting systems on associated industrial control networks. An early version of Stuxnet features USB drive infection routines that match those from a Flame module and take advantage of the same Microsoft vulnerability, which was unlatched at the time of the original attacks.
It's unclear if the cyber attack denounced by Moslehi was related to a variant of Flame or some new strain of malware.
Unnamed US officials have confirmed over recent weeks that both Stuxnet and Flame were developed as apart of a joint US/Israeli operation aimed at sabotaging or otherwise delaying Iran's nuclear programme without resorting to air strikes against nuclear facilities. Both strains of malware were developed under Operation Olympic Games, an op that kicked off around 2006 under the Bush administration and was later continued under Barack Obama. ®
because the US have a spotless history when it comes to attacking other regimes and always have the other's best interests at heart.
Sure lets just ignore it and go along with everything the 'merkins tell us to. It's been working so well so far hasn't it?
Well apart from fucking the world economy with their subprime garbage - or arming and financially supporting dictators that then go around blowing up a things in places like NY, London and Madrid...
all little problems really, they've done a great job otherwise.
Act of war?
Wasn't it the US that made it clear that state sponsored "cyber attacks" count as an act of war, and can be met with physical retaliation?
Are they, or aren't they?
As much as I'm not a massive fan of the way Iran is run (probably because I don't understand the culture), the question really is, does their nuclear programme include 'weapons of mass destruction' or not?
The reality is, whilst Iran seems abhorrent to someone who has grown up with ... choosing my words carefully here ... the relative 'freedoms' of the west, are their methodologies not just a different way of running society?
Take a look at the wikipedia entry for Iran - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran
You'd be hard pressed to see it as a particularly oppressive society, except when looking at it with Western bias.
If you look at it from a historical perspective, it reads a damn side cleaner than Western Europe or the USA in terms of morals and actions. The very heart of civilisation lies in it's history, as clear as day.
See, this is where I get somewhat confused. Whilst we are offered the promise of democracy, are taught that we are progressive, civilised and humanitarian, the reality just doesn't add up in any shape nor form.
Iran is being painted as an enemy - it's really as simple as that.
It's the next target for Western 'democracies', the next to be demonised and probably the next to be invaded.
Not so very long ago - 500 hundred years? - the area was a hotbed of civilised progressiveness. The powers that are now the 'Western world' were barbaric by comparison.
We have to tread carefully here, both in our comparison of Iran with ourselves and in how we deal with them as a global player.
The UK, the USA and much of Western Europe have a *great* deal of blood on their hands. You *cannot* dispute that fact, unless your a moron (alas, many people are)
We really have to look internally at ourselves before judging. We have to look deeply at our so called freedoms, at the actions of our governments and the results of that (global recession) before pointing any fingers at a regime that we would call oppressive.
Iranians, by all accounts, are a highly educated, civilised nation. They have different beliefs and a very different culture to our own.
Watch our leaders closely, folks, there's clearly an agenda here which just doesn't add up in terms of morals, human rights and fairness.