Iran to unplug key agencies from Internet

Posted on August 7, 2012

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In a bid to avoid future cyberattacks, Iran plans to unplug key government agencies from the Internet starting next month, the country’s telecom chief Reza Taghipour said, ISNA reported.

The plan to build a closed, nationwide intranet began in 2005. Two years ago, a limited test network was launched in the province of Qom.

“The establishment of the national intelligence network will create a situation where the precious intelligence of the country won’t be accessible to outside powers,” Taghipour noted.

He said the World Wide Web could not be trusted because it was controlled by “one or two” countries hostile to Iran.

Iran suspects the U.S., and Israel for unleashing two potent viruses directed at the Islamic Republic: Stuxnet, which crippled its nuclear facilities in 2010, and Flame, which allowed eavesdropping and data theft in May.

Iranian officials have on many occasions announced that Iran has successfully repelled all cyber attacks against the country’s infrastructures, including nuclear facilities.

Although the Iranian government has foiled several cyber attacks in the aftermath of the “Stuxnet” worm that sought to disrupt its uranium enrichment work, Tehran may need to intensify its measures for its digital security, some analysts said.

In July, Deputy Chief of Staff in Mobilization Force and Defense Culture Affairs Brigadier Seyyed Mas’oud Jazayeri said Iranian armed forces will establish cyber defense headquarters for online protection and monitoring possible threats.

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