Tehran (IP) - The Afta Center for Strategic Management, affiliated with the Presidency of the Islamic Republic of Iran, announced the neutralization of a cyber-attack on Iran's infrastructure.

Iran PressCommentary: The Afta Center for Strategic Management announced on Sunday that, in recent days, a large-scale cyber-attack on Iran's infrastructure areas has been prevented, and operations designed by the attackers in the early stages have been thwarted.

According to the Afta Center, the cyber-attackers intended to exploit the security hole in one of the most widely used software in organizations, while accessing the infrastructure and extracting information from it, execute the desired commands and inject their infected content, but before the attackers could carry out their cyber-attack, the Afta Security Operations Center prevented it from happening in a timely manner.

Cyber-attacks have replaced physical warfare these days, and governments are concerned that cyber-attacks could disrupt communications and economic and vital services.

In other words, targeting a country's infrastructure with malware can be catastrophic and even cause heavy losses.

Iran, like many other countries in the world, is exposed to cyber threats, and the country has been one of the main targets of cyber-attacks by the enemy against its peaceful nuclear program, oil infrastructure and government institutions in recent years.

There is ample evidence that many attacks around the world using advanced cyber weapons are carried out jointly by the US National Security Agency (NSA), the Zionist regime and British intelligence agencies, including the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ); however, in some cases, criminal groups also carry out these attacks on their behalf.

In an interview with SPIEGEL magazine in 2013, Edward Snowden, a former contractor and revealer of classified documents of the US National Security Agency, spoke about the role of this agency and the Zionist regime in cyber-attacks using Stuxnet malware against Iran nuclear facilities.

In the face of these threats, the Islamic Republic of Iran, by creating a local cyber defense industry and producing cyber equipment, has been able to neutralize many cyber-attacks of the enemy in recent years.

In this regard, Iran, using the knowledge of domestic experts and maximizing the use of local products, has included hedging projects, consolidation, securing critical infrastructure and cyber defense in its strategies.

In 2020, Iran was ranked 54th out of 182 countries in the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) and 12th in the Asia-Pacific region, which represents a six-point improvement over 2019. This index was approved by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). It is affiliated with the United Nations and is intended to help countries around the world take practical action and raise public awareness of cyber security.

Mohammad-Reza Farajipour, the deputy of Iran's cyber defense base, referring to the increase in Iran's cyber power over many countries, said: Iran has now turned its cyber power into an important component of national power. Has a detailed system and organization for cyber defense planning and uses it when necessary; Therefore, any cyber-attack by the United States and its allies on Iran will definitely face a response. This power creates a deterrent.


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