Iran’s Communications and Information Technology Minister Reza Taqipour says the government has ordered all executive apparatuses to set up “cyber rescue teams” in order to counter cyber attacks.
The government’s recent order follows a series of measures taken since 2010 when the country’s cyber infrastructures came under systemic attack by computer viruses and malwares such as stuxnet and flame that were orchestrated by Iran’s main foes, Israel and the US in order to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program.
Washington post reported in June that the US National Security Agency, the CIA and Israel’s military jointly developed the flame virus to spy on Iran’s atomic activities. “The malware was designed to spy on Iran’s computer networks and send back intelligence used for an ongoing cyberwarfare campaign,” the report said. According to another report, a classified project code-named Olympic Games was first developed during the George W. Bush administration to damage Iran’s nuclear program in order to delay Iran’s progress.
The measures adopted by the Iranian government include establishing a Cyber Command, the Supreme Council of Cyberspace, Cyber Army and a plan to launch the country’s national internet in order to protect the Islamic Republic’s cyber infrastructures and organizations against organized attacks.
The national internet project has been designed to cut off Iran’s key organizations, such as banks, ministries or companies, from the international internet in order to safeguard them against foreign attacks. Iran has also complained about ‘state-sponsored cyberterrorism’ against the country to international organizations.