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AEOI: E-Mail Server Cyberattack Part of Media Hype

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced that its e-mail servers at one of its subsidiaries were subject to an illegal infiltration by an unknown group in a foreign country, but the move was made with the aim of attracting public attention and is part of media hype as the info was ordinary, daily and routine correspondence.

“A report from the ICT department of the Nuclear Power Production and Development company indicates that the unauthorized access, originating from a certain foreign country, to the company’s e-mail system has resulted in the leak of the contents of some e-mails to the cyber space,” the AEOI said in a statement.

The Iranian atomic organization added that this move was made with the aim of “attracting public attention” and is part of “media warfare”.

It noted that the ICT department of the company immediately took the necessary preventive measures according to the procedures, investigated various aspects of the incident, and gave an initial report to the AEOI officials.

The contents of the e-mails of the users included technical messages as well as ordinary, daily and routine correspondence, according to the statement.

“It is obvious that the purpose of such illegal attempts, which is a desperate move, is to draw public attention and a part of a psychological operation and is worthless,” the statement stressed.

Hacker group “Black Reward” has claimed that it had successfully hacked the internal e-mail system of Iran’s Nuclear Power Production and Development Company and that it was releasing 50GB of files to the web.

Iranian officials underline Tehran’s opposition to inference in the internal affairs of the states using ICTs, and stress Tehran has been a victim of cyberattacks by the United States and Israel.

The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has reported its cyber-security division has detected and foiled hundreds of cyberattacks every year.

Back in November 2021, Head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholamreza Jalali said that Washington has resorted to non-military hostile actions, including cyberattacks, after it found itself incapable of military confrontation against Iran.

“The Americans have no option in the military sector and they pursue the approach of avoiding war with us,” he underscored.

“That is why we are witnessing a new hybrid model of war from them, in which war occurs at the level of infrastructures, some of which rely on modern technologies that we use,” Brigadier General Jalali added.

“The Americans have started a new war with us, known as the hybrid war,” the General reiterated, noting that “this war involves a combination of technological components that can be turned into protest pressure and cut off services needed by the people”.

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