Iran has reportedly detected what it is calling a "massive cyberattack" on its nuclear facilities, and the country's Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi believes the United States, Israel and Britain are behind the planned attack.
"Based on obtained information, America and the Zionist regime (Israel), along with the MI6 (the UK intelligence service) planned an operation to launch a massive cyberattack against Iran's facilities following the meeting between Iran and the P5+1 in Moscow," Moslehi told Iran's English-language Press TV, as reported by Reuters. "They still seek to carry out the plan, but we have taken necessary measures." The P5+1 is the sextet composed of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany, conducting talks with Iran on its nuclear program.
Moslehi didn't explain what those necessary measures were.
Recent reports have surfaced that the U.S. and Israel allegedly have tried to thwart Iran's nuclear program by secretly attacking the country's enrichment facilities with computer viruses. It is believed that viruses such as Flame and Stuxnet were targeted at Iran's nuclear facilities in an effort to slow it down.
There has been a heated confrontation now for years over Iran's nuclear program, which many Western countries believe will be used for harm instead of good. However, Iran has said it hasn't any intention of using such technology for ill but to better the nation.
Several leading Western nations want the country to open its facilities to inspection. Nothing much came of recent talks in Moscow, and discussions have already begun regarding placing tougher sanctions on Iran. The European Union is also looking to stop importing Iranian oil next month.
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