PressTV – 2012-02-20 00:51:48
US, Israeli Cyber Attack on Press TV Fails
TEHERAN (February 18, 2012) — A cyber attack by US and Israeli hackers against the website of Iran’s English-language 24-hour news channel, Press TV, has failed to take down the website. According to the Press TV report, the attack against the website took place on February 18, from 07:50 to 10:05 local time.
However, the effective security countermeasures taken by the Press TV technical team foiled the cyber attack on the website.
This is not the first cyber attack on Press TV. On December 9, 2011 American and Israeli hackers attacked the Press TV website after the network broadcast footage a of the US RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft, an advanced US spy drone which was captured by the Iranian military for violating the country’s airspace.
The recent attack against Press TV website follows a January 19 attempt by British technicians operating from Bahrain to jam Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting channels on the Hotbird satellite, including Press TV.
The blocked channels included provincial channels and a number of international channels such as Press TV, Al-Alam, Al-Kowsar, Jam-e Jam and Sahar.
Iran Building Modern Cyber Army
Ghanbar Naderi / Press TV
TEHRAN (February 19, 2012) — Iran will soon have a cyber army. The idea to build the country’s first ever cyber army was raised back in 2010 when the security officials identified a virus called Stuxnet that attacked the country’s industrial sites, especially those that manage water supplies, oil rigs, and nuclear power plants.
The officials say they also plan to set up a national internet to minimize identity theft and potential cyber attacks.
Speaking to Press TV on the final day of the first national conference on cyber defense, head of Iran’s Passive Defense Organization said they want to have a cyber army, after the successful launch of the cyber defense headquarters with support from more than 60 organizations, ministries and private entities.
According to the officials, Iran is the first country ever in the Middle East to actually be engaged in a cyber war with the United States and Israel.
If anything, they said, the recent cyber attacks were what encouraged them to set up the Passive Defense Organization — which gathers computer scientists, programmers, software engineers and cyber security specialists.
Experts say it makes sense for Iran to build a cyber army because it is a heavily wired country with more than 36 million Internet users, more than 50 percent of the total population.