SHAFAQNA (Shia News Association)— UK Parliament’s Intelligence Security Committee (ISC) has admitted that Britain has launched a cyber attack against Iran shortly after the UK spy chief admitted Britain conducted covert operations against Iran.
In its annual report for 2011-2012 to the British parliament, the ISC claimed that Britain’s spies have caused disruption to Iran’ nuclear capabilities saying UK spying agents could access “networks or systems of others to hamper their activities or capabilities without detection.”
Meanwhile, the committee raised “grave” concerns over a security skills issue within Britain’s secret eavesdropping service Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and called on the British government to improve their cyber war capabilities.
In the report, the committee also recommended that enhancing Britain’s cyber war capabilities should include “accessing the data or networks of targets to obtain intelligence or to cause an effect without being detected”.
London’s claims about causing disruption to Iran’s nuclear capabilities come as Fereydoon Abbasi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, says cyber attacks against Iran are ineffective because Iran’s cyber experts can easily block any kind of virus.
The claims made by the ISC comes less than a week after British media reported the head of Britain’s secret intelligence agency MI6, John Sawers, admitted that Britain conducted covert operations against Iran’s nuclear program.
Sawers also claimed that Iran is after obtaining nuclear weapons and could have built such weapons in 2008 hadn’t British spies interfered. Moreover, Sawers claimed that Iran is only 2 years away from becoming “a nuclear weapons state” warning that the Israeli regime may decide to act with military aggression if it thought Iran would be a nuclear power by 2014.
The claims made by British officials come as Iran has cooperated with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) more than any other country throughout the history of the agency. Surveillance cameras are operative at all of Iran’s nuclear centers as these centers are being inspected around the clock.
The Islamic Republic of Iran stands for its rights to enhance nuclear energy and has given countless warnings to any foreign aggressor that any military strike against Iran would result in their quick defeat. —www.shafaqna.com/english