Amid Israel's plot to wage a major cyber war against Iran, an Iranian lawmaker says the country's security and intelligence bodies have “very strong capabilities” to counter such cyber attacks.
The US and Israel are well aware that Iran has made considerable progress in terms of countering cyber attacks, said Avaz Heidarpour, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran's Majlis (parliament), on Monday.
Iran has “undeniable” power to thwart cyber wars, he added and emphasized that if Washington and Tel Aviv seek to draw up a new plan to wage cyber attacks, Iran's security and intelligence bodies will immediately adopt an “appropriate and precise” stance, Majlis news agency (ICANA) reported.
The Iranian legislator rejected as “totally false” reports that the issue of cyber attacks against Iran has been “newly” put on Israel's agenda.
The remarks came after British newspaper The Sunday Times
reported on Sunday that the Israeli military is plotting to wage a major cyber war against Iran by setting up a military cyber command.
The new cyber command, which has been designated as central to 'defense capability' of the Israeli regime, would directly report to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Supported by the military, says the report, the new command center has already conducted a series of "soft" espionage missions, including hacking into Iran's version of Facebook and other social networking sites.
Iran's Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said in June that Iran fully monitors cyberspace in order to counter soft war attacks against the Islamic Republic.
Iran is well prepared, from a technical standpoint, to counter the enemy's soft warfare against Iran in the cyberspace, he stated.