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January 30, 2013

US general warns over Iranian cyber-soldiers

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by the BBC

Gen Shelton issued the warning during a briefing given to reporters about the US Air Force division he heads that includes America’s cyber-troops. He said the 2010 Stuxnet virus attack on Iran’s Natanz uranium processing plant had generated a “reaction” by Iran that had led it to rapidly improve its defensive and offensive cyber-capabilities. Since then Iran has been hit again and again by viruses. In December 2012, the Stuxnet virus returned and hit companies in the southern Hormozgan region. That improved capability had helped it protect itself against subsequent attacks on oil terminals and other manufacturing plants. Its capability might well be turned against Iran’s enemies in the coming years, he said. “They are going to be a force to be reckoned with,” said Gen Shelton, “with the potential capabilities that they will develop over the years and the potential threat that will represent to the United States.”

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