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Iran confirms cyberattacks against oil facilities

Gregg Keizer | April 24, 2012
Iran's oil ministry today confirmed that it was the target of malware attacks over the weekend, adding to reports by state-run media that the country's oil industry was hit by hackers.

While it's unusual for victims to acknowledge attacks -- doubly so for governments or critical industries -- Iran has publicly confirmed previous attacks. In this case, it may have felt it had no alternative.

"When someone has to take down a public website, that's different," said O Murchu, leaning toward that explanation for Iran's attack acknowledgement.



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