Cyber police chief reports 296 serious cyberattacks on Iran vital systems

TEHRAN, Apr. 29 (MNA) – Iran’s Cyber Police Chief General Kamal Hadianfar said Sun. that there have been 296 serious attacks on the country’s vital infrastructures in 2017, 50% of which were launched from US and China.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference on Sunday, Cyber Police Chief General Kamal Hadianfar said internet crimes have increased by 900 percent since 2011.

According to him, every day over 6 to 7 million cyberattacks are carried out in the country, a large percentage of which are deterred and do not affect systems, infrastructures or internet users.

Pointing to 7,525 identified attacks on Iran’s infrastructures in 2017, he said “256 attacks were serious, 50% of which were launched from the US and China, 30% from European countries such as the Netherlands and Germany, and the rest from Asian countries.”

The attacks targeted banks, financial and credit institutions, telecommunication infrastructures, electricity and gas distribution infrastructure, oil industries, ministries and organizations, he added.

“They were organized attacks aimed at disrupting the country’s monetary, financial and distribution systems and infrastructures,” he said.

He noted that 11 out of the 32 banks were targeted the most by cyberattacks due to having a higher number of clients.

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