back to article Iran says it staved off cyber attack but doesn't blame US

Iran claims to have staved off a major cyber attack on its national infrastructure, a couple of months after the Middle Eastern theocracy was blamed for real-world assaults on two Saudi oil refineries. "We recently faced a highly organized and state-sponsored attack on our e-government infrastructure which was successfully …

  1. Venerable and Fragrant Wind of Change

    Grownups in the room?

    If they had said [foo] did it, commentards would naturally question how they know and whether there was an Agenda underlying the pointing finger.

    Can we infer any such thing from the absence of specific accusations?

    1. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

      Re: Grownups in the room?

      As I was going up the stair, I met a hacker who wasn't there. He won't be there again today. That's no surprise; it's always this way.

  2. sanmigueelbeer Silver badge
    Joke

    Remember when Iran black-holed all internet traffic (LINK)?

    Is this possibly how they were able to "defend"?

    1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Well, unplugging from the Internet is just about the most absolute defense you can have.

      1. Robert Helpmann?? Silver badge
        Headmaster

        Well, unplugging from the Internet is just about the most absolute* defense you can have.

        Except they've already found out that isn't entirely effective. The article alluded to Stuxnet which was developed specifically to get around such situations.

        *Are there degrees of absolute? If so, how are they graded and what are the penultimate and antepenultimate defenses available? What would be more absolute than isolation? Immolation?

        1. JJKing Silver badge
          Happy

          Au contraire mon Capitan.

          Well, unplugging from the Internet and taping over your USB ports is just about the most absolute defence you can have.

          There FTFY.

        2. Michael Wojcik Silver badge

          Are there degrees of absolute?

          Sure, and you'll find that the most absolute is literally fairly perfect and pretty unique, though not as unique as the most absolutest.

          There is no concept which can withstand the will-to-emphasis.

        3. Danny Boyd

          Absolutely secure system: a black box with no inputs, no outputs and no external power inlet. Useless, true, but absolutely secure.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Security Shield"

    ???

    https://us.norton.com/online-threats/glossary/s/security-shield.html

    They really should clean up that malware.

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