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‘Iran fully monitors cyberspace’

  • Saturday, July 30, 2011
  • Aruntha Kanagaratnam
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  • IRAN: Iran’s Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi says Iran fully monitors cyberspace in order to counter soft war attacks against the Islamic Republic. Iran is well prepared, from a technical standpoint, to counter the enemy’s soft warfare against the Islamic Republic in the cyberspace, Moslehi told reporters, IRIB reported Thursday.

    He went on to say US President Barack Obama has admitted that the cyber war against Iran has not been successful. Obama made the remark in a US Congress session questioning him on Washington’s cyber performance, as well as on a number of other occasions.

    Obama personally introduced the cyber war plan against Iran, but the Islamic Republic monitors the US measures in this regard and has developed countermeasures, the Iranian minister said.

    Moslehi noted that the global arrogance has also plotted anti-Iran schemes in the field of social networks, has sent individuals to the Islamic Republic in this regard, and even intends to use Iran’s neighboring countries in forming social networks.

    Such activities are, however, closely monitored by Iran’s intelligence forces, Moslehi pointed out.

    The remarks come as the United States is actively developing a secret cyber project, a device labeled “Internet in a suitcase.”

    “Internet in a suitcase” could be smuggled across a border and contains all the necessary hardware and networking devices to promptly establish a wireless network over a large area that can connect to the global Internet.

    American media reports claimed the US State Department has allocated USD 2 million to the project. Deputy Head of Iran’s Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri said in June that Iran plans to establish its first cyber command for the country’s Armed Forces in order to counter ‘soft warfare’ against the country.

    Jazayeri said that comprehensive studies on the cyber command have already been carried out and the results will soon be rendered to the Iranian Armed Forces.

    Panetta worked closely with Israeli intelligence when he was in charge of the CIA.

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