[ISN] Iranian official disputes report that power station was hit by virus attack

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2012 03:26:46 -0600 (CST)

By Peter Sayer
IDG News Service
December 26, 2012

A power station in the south of Iran has been hit by a cyberattack, an 
Iranian news agency reported Tuesday, citing a local civil defense 
official. But now agency and official are in dispute over whether he 
really made the remarks.

The Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) initially reported that 
cyberattackers had struck industrial infrastructure in the southern 
province of Hormuzgan, which overlooks the Straits of Hormuz.

The widely circulated report quoted Ali Akbar Akhavan as saying in a 
news conference that a virus had penetrated some manufacturing 
industries in Hormuzgan province, but that skilled hackers had helped 
halt its progress, according to a translation of the ISNA report 
published by Agence France Presse.

The attack, targeting Bandar Abbas Tavanir Co., an electrical utility, 
among other installations, had happened in the past few months and was 
"Stuxnet-like," the AFP report quoted Akhavan as saying.


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