Iran’s intelligence minister Heydar Moslehi claims the country has uncovered a “massive cyber attack” it believes was jointly launched by the United States, England and Israel, according to reports from PressTV, Iran’s state-owned English language news network, yesterday.
“Based on obtained information, the US and the Zionist regime (Israel) along with the MI6 [the British intelligence service] planned an operation to launch a massive cyber attack against Iran’s facilities following the meeting between Iran and the P5+1 in Moscow,” Moslehi told the news outlet Thursday.
Moslehi claimed the attack was still in the works but that Iran has “taken necessary measures.”
The P5+1 is a collective comprised of Germany, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States that meets regularly to discuss the diplomatic tenets of Iran’s nuclear energy program. The group met in Moscow this week to discuss Iran’s nuclear agenda and Tehran’s desire to enrich uranium for peaceful intent.
According to a Reuters article, sourcing European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, the two sides were unable to get far in their talks and were only able to agree to a follow up meeting in Istanbul on July 3.
Flame, the virus that garnered attention earlier this month after it drew parallels with cyber worms Duqu and Stuxnet was linked to Iran after some researchers claimed the worm was a targeted attack on the nation’s oil ministry. It wasn’t clear if the cyber attack Moslehi was referring to on Thursday was Flame or an entirely new virus.