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BRIEF: Iran sets up banking network security centre against cyber attacks
[November 28, 2012]

BRIEF: Iran sets up banking network security centre against cyber attacks

Nov 28, 2012 (Trend News Agency - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Iran has set up a banking network security centre in order to foil cyber-attacks against banking procedures, the Mehr News Agency reported.

The centre dubbed Kashef, has been launched by the Central Bank with the goal of gathering information about cyber-attacks and making coordination among the banks to counter such attacks.

In recent years, Iran has been the target of several major cyber-attacks, which have been successfully repelled.

In September 2010, it was reported that the Stuxnet worm, capable of taking over power plants had infected some industrial sites in Iran.

In April 2011, Iranian officials announced that the country had been targeted by a new computer worm called Stars.

Later, news agencies reported that another computer worm named Duqu had targeted some Iranian organisations and companies.

On May 28, Reuters reported that security experts had discovered a new data-stealing spyware virus dubbed Flame that had lurked inside thousands of computers in several Middle Eastern countries including Iran, for as long as five years as part of a sophisticated cyber warfare campaign.

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