News ID: 269298
Published: 0248 GMT May 19, 2020

Iranian official rejects ‘successful’ cyberattack on port facilities

Iranian official rejects ‘successful’ cyberattack on port facilities

An official at Iran’s Shahid Rajaei port rejected claims of a “successful” attack on the port's facilities after The Washington Post reported that Israel carried out a cyberattack on the Iranian port.

The Iranian official confirmed that some disruptions occurred in the computer systems of the port last week, which could be the result of a cyberattack, according to IRNA.

The American newspaper on Monday reported that Israel carried out the cyberattack that caused disruption at Shahid Rajaei port this month.

According to the newspaper, US and foreign government officials say the attack appears to have originated from Israel which has a history of terrorist attacks on Iran’s nuclear energy program.

The sprawling Shahid Rajaei port facility is the newest of two major shipping terminals in the Iranian coastal city of Bandar Abbas, on the Strait of Hormuz, Press TV wrote.

The Post quoted an Israeli regime official as boasting that the attack had caused “total disarray” to shipping traffic in the port.

However, Mohammad Rastad, managing director of the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran, said the attack “failed to penetrate the PMO’s systems and was only able to infiltrate and damage a number of private operating systems at the ports”.

Iran has been the target of US and Israeli cyber terrorism for a decade, including attempts to remotely sabotage the Iran’s nuclear program.

In 2010, US and Israeli intelligence agencies unleashed a computer worm called Stuxnet on Iranian uranium-enrichment plants in an attempt to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program.



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