The commander of Iran's Khatam al-Anbiya Air Defense Base says the Iranian military base has acquired know-how to defend the country against cyber attacks.
“Khatam al-Anbiya Base has the necessary capabilities and knowledge to counter cyber attacks,” said Base commander Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili in a Friday interview with IRNA.
The senior Iranian commander added that the Base is tasked with protecting Iranian cyberspace against any form of possible attack.
Brig. Gen. Esmaili said because the Base uses computer and electronic systems, the first issue is the protection of information and the possession of sustainable and secure information as well as a secure communications foundation.
The Iranian commander pointed to the cyber threats made against the country and said, “We have heard many such threats [before] but our enemies should know that the more sanctions and threats against us are intensified the stronger we become.”
In the early October of 2010, Iran announced it had detected and thwarted a cyber attack by the Stuxnet worm, which was supposedly created to infect Iranian industrial and nuclear computer systems.
The Stuxnet worm, first indentified by Iranian officials in June last year, is a malware designed to infect computers using Siemens Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) -- a control system favored by industries that manage water supplies, oil rigs and power plants.
Iranian experts say the worm may have been created by a state-sponsored organization in the United States or Israel to target specific control software being used in the Iranian industrial sector, including the Bushehr plant -- Iran's first nuclear power plant.