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Iran's Oil Industry Hit By Cyber Attacks 115

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the causing-industrial-accidents-for-fun-and-profit dept.
wiredmikey writes "Iran disconnected computer systems at a number of its oil facilities in response to a cyber attack that hit multiple industry targets during the weekend. A source at the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) reportedly told Reuters that a virus was detected inside the control systems of Kharg Island oil terminal, which handles the majority of Iran's crude oil exports. In addition, computer systems at Iran's Oil Ministry and its national oil company were hit. There has been no word on the details of the malware found, but computer systems controlling several of Iran's oil facilities were disconnected from the Internet as a precaution. Oil Ministry spokesman Ali Reza Nikzad-Rahbar told Mehr News Agency on Monday that the attack had not caused significant damage and the worm had been detected before it could infect systems."
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Iran's Oil Industry Hit By Cyber Attacks

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  • Re:how long? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Black Parrot (19622) on Tuesday April 24, 2012 @03:26AM (#39779657)

    11 years ago.

    I suppose you're implicating Iran in the 9/11 attacks, though it's hard to imagine anyone could be so ignorant.

    Most of the participants came from "friendly" countries.

  • by Elrond, Duke of URL (2657) <JetpackJohn@gmail.com> on Tuesday April 24, 2012 @07:03AM (#39780291) Homepage

    You're definitely far overstating the issue here...

    A real civilian nuclear program simply cannot be used to create a bomb as-is. All of that complex and expensive technology needed to enrich uranium is not needed for regular reactor fuel. And, beyond that, actually building the bomb once you have the materials is definitely not "so simple" a task as you seem to think. The theory of how a "gun-type" bomb works might be, relatively speaking, simple, but the implementation of that theory is far from it. It takes a lot of knowledge and a lot of skill. If you actually want your bomb to detonate instead of just blow up like a pipe bomb, you need to carefully engineer the thing with very tight tolerances.

    The real trouble and the real danger is that you can convert a civilian nuclear program or build upon it and create the tools and facilities needed for a military nuclear program. I really don't know what sort of program Iran might have or how far along it could be. Certainly, the Israelis seem to think it is real and very active. Proper monitoring could, conceivably, keep the civilian program in check and make sure it doesn't get used improperly. But, if Iran is hell bent on creating a bomb, I suppose there are a lot of ways they could hide it. I've read reports and rumors in the paper that Iran is building underground facilities to hold the bomb making gear.

  • Re:how long? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Ihmhi (1206036) <i_have_mental_health_issues@yahoo.com> on Tuesday April 24, 2012 @07:15AM (#39780323)

    Saudi Arabia is only "friendly" if you are an oil company.

    Then I guess America is the biggest [biyokulule.com] fucking [hermes-press.com] oil company [xinhuanet.com] in the world.

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