On Wednesday Iranian authorities announced that the country had been attacked. Even though the “attack” was in the form of a computer virus, it may still be considered an act of war.
Golamrez Djalili, head of the Iranian Civil Defense Forces, said that the “Flame” virus that was detected and deleted from computers was the one that antiviral software company Kaspersky Lab had reported about a few days earlier. One of the leaders of the firm, Alexander Gostev, wrote in his blog that it was “a large and extremely complex virus” that required a rethink of what “cyber war” and “cyber-espionage” really mean.Judging by the statements of analysts, the program is aimed at stealing information from public administration computer systems. However, the recent story with Stuxnet and Duqu viruses is still fresh in our minds. The Stuxnet virus has complicated the implementation of Iran's nuclear program. In particular, with its help it became possible to suspend the work of uranium enrichment equipment in 2010. Duqu was used to penetrate the major Iranian computer networks.
Source: Voice of Russia.