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Iran vows to counter any cyber attacks on nuclear facilities

(Xinhua)

09:53, July 27, 2012

TEHRAN, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Iran has vowed to counter any cyber attacks on its nuclear facilities, Tehran Times daily reported on Thursday.

An unnamed official at Cyber Command of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Iran's Armed Forces Headquarters said that the Islamic republic will give a strong response to any possible cyber attacks on the country's nuclear facilities, Tehran Times said.

"They should be aware that Iran will give a proper response to any act of defiance," the official was quoted as saying in response to reports about possible cyber attacks on Iran's nuclear facilities.

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that two of Iran's uranium-enrichment plants were struck by a cyber attack earlier this week that shut down computers.

The virus closed down the automation network at Iran's Natanz and Fordow facilities, said the report.

In June, Washington Post reported that the United States and Israel had jointly developed a computer virus known as "flame" targeting Iran's nuclear ability.

U.S. officials said the virus secretly mapped and monitored Iran's computer networks, sending back a steady stream of intelligence to prepare for a cyber warfare, according to the report.

In May, Iran's media reported that Iranian cyber experts detected and contained a complicated Israeli spy virus known as " flame" that had targeted Iran's oil industry.

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