Iran’s officials have denied any role in recent cyberattacks against Saudi Aramco and other oil companies in the Persian Gulf, as suggested by the U.S. officials, saying they would welcome a probe of the case. The devastating attacks against the oil companies were centered on a computer virus named “Shamoon.” The Iranians in turn are accusing the U.S. officials for spreading false and “politically motivated” allegations.
“We interpret the issue politically and in light of U.S. domestic issues as well as the (U.S. presidential) election,” said Mahdi Akhavan Bahabadi, secretary of the National Center of Cyberspace. (ISNA, 14 October)
Iran has not yet commented on the allegations of another set of cyberattacks by Iranian hackers against major U.S. banks.