December 20, 2011
Iran to boost its offensive and defensive cyber-warfare capabilities
As reported by The Jerusalem Post, Iran has embarked on an ambitious plan to boost its offensive and defensive cyber-warfare capabilities and is investing $1 billion in developing new technology and hiring new computer experts.
Iran has been the victim of a number of cyber attacks in recent years, including the famous Stuxnet attack which is believed, at its prime, to have destroyed 1,000 centrifuges at the Natanz fuel enrichment facility by sabotaging their motors. Iran recently confirmed that a new virus called Duqu had been detected in its computer systems, although the extent of the damage is unknown. While Stuxnet was aimed at crippling industrial control systems and may have destroyed some of the centrifuges Iran uses to enrich uranium, experts say Duqu appeared designed to gather data to make it easier to launch future cyber attacks.
References: The Jerusalem Post (1)