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IAEA urges action on cyber threats to nuclear facilities

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano delivers his speech at the International Conference on Computer Security in a Nuclear World, Vienna, Austria, June 1, 2015. (IAEA Photo)

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has urged a global response to cyber attacks on nuclear facilities as concerns rise over the irreversible consequences of such incidents, Press TV reports.

“Reports of actual or attempted cyber-attacks are now virtually a daily occurrence,” said IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano on Monday at the first International Conference on Computer Security in a Nuclear World in the Austrian capital Vienna.

The IAEA chief added that “the nuclear industry has not been immune. Last year alone, there were cases of random malware-based attacks at nuclear power plants, and of such facilities being specifically targeted.”

In an interview with Press TV, Director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Security Khammar Mrabit said the conference aims to establish a “sustainable nuclear security” for all member states.

“We are here to help all out member states in an inclusive manner, including of course the Islamic Republic of Iran, to establish an effective and sustainable nuclear security, including computer security,” said.

The director of the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) also told Press TV that the main objective of the participants in the event is to precipitate a culture transformation with regard to the mounting threat of cybercrime and cyber-terrorism.

The most important aim of the conference is to change the dominant culture from cyber insecurity to "cyber peace," said Brahima Sanou.

Experts from around a hundred countries are taking part in the conference, which will continue until June 5.

Iran's nuclear facilities have been targeted by cyber attacks over the past years to impede the progress of its peaceful nuclear program.

According to media reports, Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant was at the center of a cyber-attack caused by a malware dubbed Stuxnet in July 2011. The offensive failed as it was averted in time by Iranian experts.

The Washington Post reported in June 2012 that US National Security Agency, CIA and Israel’s military colluded to launch the virus against Iran’s nuclear facilities.


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