Civil Defense Chief: US Targeting Iran’s Vital Infrastructures
TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington which has grown disappointed at military war against Iran is now resorting to attacks against the country’s infrastructures via different means, including cyberattack, Head of Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholamreza Jalali said.
“The Americans have gone after war against Iran’s vital infrastructures after being disappointed in the military front,” General Jalali said on Saturday.
He added that most attacks against Iran’s infrastructures are cyberattacks, explaining that the culprit behind such attacks is not known.
General Jalali said that cyber systems now play a major role in Iran’s vital infrastructures due to their rapid development, stressing the need for strengthening the cyber defense infrastructures in the country.
Jalali had said in February that the US had likely been behind the large-scale cyberattack that targeted the Islamic Republic’s infrastructure in the same month.
On February 8, the Iranian internet service suffered hours of disruption in what telecoms authorities said was the result of DDoS cyberattack that was dealt with swiftly. The “powerful” distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack caused users to experience connection issues, according to officials.
Brigadier General Jalali declared, in a televised interview, the unsuccessful DDoS attack probably originated from the US.
“It’s very difficult and time-consuming to trace the source of a cyberattack. The Telecommunication Infrastructure Company is currently studying and looking for the source of the recent cyberattack against the country … but our analysis is that the US was the origin,” Jalali said.
“The Americans’ cyberattack has been foiled by our cyber defense unit,” he said, but at the same time warned that the recent attack might have been carried out to study the feasibility of a bigger attack.
“Since Americans failed to give a military response to our recent shoot-down of their unmanned aerial vehicle in the Iranian waters as well as our missile attack on Ain al-Assad base [in Iraq], they are responding to our country through continued economic pressure and cyberattacks,” Jalali noted.
“We have managed to control their cyberattacks, and they have failed to damage any section,” he said, adding, however, that the Islamic Republic must accelerate its efforts to launch its National Information Network in a bid to maintain services in case of bigger attacks.
Although the February 8 DDoS attack was dealt with immediately using the Iranian Information Technology Fortress, known as DEJFA, it still affected several service providers in Iran, including two notable mobile operators.
DDoS attackers normally use hijacked or virus-infected computers to target websites. During such attacks, websites become unreachable after an unusually large number of requests for information are sent to them, causing the servers that host them to fail.