Iranian government accuses ‘foreign country’ of hacking and leaking nuclear information

Written by AJ Vicens

The hacking and leaking of emails and other documents over the weekend related to Iran’s nuclear program was the result of “unauthorized access from a specific foreign country”, the Iranian government said on Sunday.

The statement came a day after a group calling itself “Black Reward” claimed to have hacked and stolen information relating to “Iran’s public and private conversations with the International Atomic Energy Agency”, as well as other documents including construction plans, management and operational schedules. and the “passports and visas of Iranian and Russian specialists” involved in the country’s nuclear program, according to a Google translation.

The group posted the documents on its Telegram channel and announced the hack on Twitter, urging people to review the files, but with caution given the prevalence of malware in Iranian government systems.

In response to a question sent via Telegram, the group told CyberScoop on Monday that “we are Iranians and everything the Islamic Republic says is a lie. We fight against the regime in favor of women, life and freedom. The post included the hashtag “#MashaAmini, a reference to the 22-year-old woman who died in police custody on September 16 after being arrested for allegedly breaking rules about how women are supposed to dress in public.

His death sparked waves of protests – across Iran and around the world – which continued for more than a month and drew a violent response from Iranian authorities.

The original message posted by Black Reward stated that they were “part of the Iranian hacker community and born among you”, according to a Google translation. The group told CyberScoop that it has no ties to other hacking groups that have claimed hacking of Iranian entities.

“What is important to us is the lives of our compatriots and their freedom,” the post told CyberScoop. “Our brothers and sisters who are in prison…. We no longer tolerate the Islamic Republic and fight them in every way possible.

The hack is just the latest to target the Iranian government in the wake of Amini’s death. Several groups have claimed hacks and DDoS attacks under the banner of Anonymous, the Record reported on September 21.