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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 07:30 PM

Iran strengthened cyber capabilities after Stuxnet: U.S. general

Source: Reuters

Iran strengthened cyber capabilities after Stuxnet: U.S. general

WASHINGTON | Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:00pm EST

(Reuters) - Iran responded to a 2010 cyber attack on its nuclear facilities by beefing up its own cyber capabilities, and will be a "force to be reckoned with" in the future, a senior U.S. Air Force official told reporters on Thursday.

General William Shelton, who heads Air Force Space Command and oversees the Air Force's cyber operations, declined to comment about Iran's ability to disrupt U.S. government computer networks, but said Tehran had clearly increased its efforts in that arena after the 2010 incident.

While no government has taken responsibility for the Stuxnet computer virus that destroyed centrifuges at Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment facility, it was widely reported to have been a U.S.-Israeli project.

Western analysts say Iran has launched increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks in a growing confrontation with its adversaries, including the United States, Israel and Gulf Arabs, at a time of rising pressure on Tehran to curb its nuclear program.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/17/us-iran-usa-cyber-idUSBRE90G1C420130117

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