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Websites of two Iranian institutions hacked

10 March 2011 [10:57] - TODAY.AZ
The websites of two Iranian institutions were hacked on Wednesday and false news distributed, the Fars news agency reported.

According to the Agency's report, the institutions targeted were the clergy body of the Experts Assembly and the legislative arbitration body of the Expediency Council.

The hackers spread a false news item about the sudden death of former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, which was however immediately rejected by his office.

It was not clear whether the two sites were hacked from inside or outside the country.

Iran confirmed last year that some 30,000 systems belonging to industrial units had fallen victim to "cyber-terrorism," with numerous computers infected by a virus known as Stuxnet.

The Stuxnet, a computer worm that is viewed as potentially the most dangerous piece of computer malware discovered, has targeted industrial computers in Iran.

The complex worm recognizes a specific facility's control network and then destroys it.

Experts say the worm, which has a very sophisticated algorithm, may have been created by a state-sponsored organization in the US or Israel to target specific control software being used in the Iranian industrial sector, including the Bushehr plant - Iran's first nuclear power plant.


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