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Posted by on Jun 9, 2012 in Infosec, Malware | 0 comments

Operation: Olympic Games, the secrets behind the worlds first sophisticated cyber attack malware – Stuxnet

Operation: Olympic Games, the secrets behind the worlds first sophisticated cyber attack malware – Stuxnet

Iran’s president ahmadinejad looking at the centrifuges World’s first sophisticated cyber attack malware – Stuxnet was the weapon of the operation – Olympic Games says The NewYork Times in an article published earlier this week. The detailed article says, A cyberwar against Iran’s nuclear enrichment program was launched during Bush administration and it was it was accelerated by Obama administration. The operation was called ‘Olympic Games’. Stuxnet was the weapon of the Olympic Games, jointly developed by NSA (National Security Agency) of America and Israel’s Unit 8200 (part of Israel’s military technical intelligence unit). Israel had cooperated with United States in this operation disabling Iran’s nuclear enrichment program by sabotaging thousands of Centrifuges in the Nantz underground Nuclear plant in Iran. The Stuxnet malware were intended to infect only the computers connected with the centrifuges but went wild due to the error in the program in one of the updates which followed the initial version. It seems initially the malware were introduced to the computers in the Nantz plant by...

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Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Infosec, Malware | 0 comments

Iran develops tools to defend against Flame malware

Iran develops tools to defend against Flame malware

The sophistication of Flame malware made ithard for the security software to detect it.  Iran has developed tools that can help it defend against the latest malware known as Flame to hit it’s infrastructure. Iran has been hit by sophisticated malware for past few years targeted on its  nuclear infrastructure. The latest on that series of malware after Stuxnet, Duqu is the Flame. Flame seem to infiltrate the networks and steal sensitive data. Flame tried to circumvent the security software scanning by disguising itself as a genuine computer file. Flame was first discovered after the UN’s International Telecommunications Union asked for help from security firms to find out what was wiping data from machines across the middle East. Judging from the  sophistication of the malware, it seem to have originated from a state sponsored cyber attack on Iran like before. But unlike previous attacks Flame malware seem to have affected only few hundred computers. Iran’s National Computer Emergency Response Team (Maher) said in a statement that the detection and clean-up tool was finished in...

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Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Defence, Terrorism | 0 comments

Another Iranian Nuclear scientist killed – A shadow war victim?

Another Iranian Nuclear scientist killed – A shadow war victim?

AP Two assailants on a motorcycle attached magnetic bombs to a car of an Iranian university professor working at a nuclear facility, Jan. 11, 2012. A young Iranian nuclear scientist was killed by  a magnetic bomb placed on his car by a motorcyclist  in Tehran wednesday, according to Iranian media. This is the fourth scientist linked to Iran’s nuclear program killed in the past two years. Iranian officials accues the United States and Israel of being behind the attack, the latest in a string of incidents apparently aimed at disrupting Iran’s nuclear program that Israeli and western intelligence agencies are suspected of spearheading. Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, 32, is the fourth scientist linked to Iran’s nuclear program killed in the past two years. Roshan was a chemical engineer, serving as professor at Tehran University as well as deputy director of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, Iran’s semi-official news agency Fars News reported. Roshan’s driver was wounded in the blast and later died. The reports said a magnetic explosive device was slipped under Roshan’s car by a motorcyclist,...

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Posted by on Dec 13, 2011 in Defence, Intelligence | 0 comments

Why Iran’s capture of US drone is very significant

Why Iran’s capture of US drone is very significant

Iranian TV showed the unmanned “stealth” aircraft apparently undamaged Last week Iranian television showed the captured intact US drone – RQ -170 Sentinel , which it claimed was brought down using electronic warfare where as US insisted that the drone malfunctioned. Iran said it brought down the UAV using electronic ambush ,as the drone violated Iranian airspace by intruding 250Km into its airspace. It also launched a formal complaint to the UN security counsel on US intrusion. America had earlier asked for the return of the drone, to which the Iran has subsequently refused. If Iran had in fact brought  down the drone only using electronic warfare methodologies, then it is something the US has to be worried about. From the footage released by the Iranian television it is clear that the aircraft has sustained only minimal damage adding support to the Iran’s claim of electronic ambush methodology to bring down the drone. If the drone had really malfunctioned like the US claims, the drone would have suffered some significant damage....

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