Monday, April 23, 2012

2 Cyber Attacks So Far On Iran's Oil Industry Since Yesterday

Reuters is reporting in an updated story that Iran has now had 2 cyber attacks on its oil terminal since yesterday:
UPDATE 2-Suspected cyber attack hits Iran oil industry

Iran is investigating a suspected cyber attack on its main oil export terminal and on the Oil Ministry itself, Iranian industry sources said on Monday.

A virus was detected inside the control systems of Kharg Island - which handles the vast majority of Iran's crude oil exports - but the terminal remained operational, a source at the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) said.

The virus, which is likely to draw comparisons with the Stuxnet computer worm which reportedly affected Iranian nuclear facilities in 2009-10, struck late on Sunday.
While cyber attacks on Iran's nuclear facilities are easily attributable to Israel, it might not be Israel that is behind these attacks.

Michael Ledeen has written in the past that the explosions that racked Iran a few months ago may well have been part of the internal opposition and their War Against the Mullahs

Similarly, earlier this year Ledeen asked Who’s Really Killing Those ‘Nuclear Scientists’ in Tehran? and suggests that the answer is not clear cut.

Still, considering the actions Iran is taking to radicalize the Middle East, it would be in Israel's interests to place every possible hurdle in Iran's way to slow it down.

Hat tip: Instapundit

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