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Iran says attack on oil ministry work of U.S. hackers

An attempted cyber espionage attack on the Iran's oil ministry in March is likely the work of U.S. hackers, reported the country's Cyber Police (FATA) Brigadier General Seyed Kamal Hadianfar as saying.

Hadianfar made those remarks Tuesday at a cyber crime gathering in Tehran.

“These hackers were from the US,” Hadianfar said, reported, citing the FARS news agency. “The IP address for these hackers was in America.”

The attack took place over a four-day period, beginning March 21.

According to Hadianfar, Tehran sent a letter to U.S. officials in Washington informing them of the attack as well as putting out what it called an international judicial order to hand the reins over to U.S. authorities.  

At the same cyber crime forum, Iran's Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli noted that the country “has had a low number of cyber crimes…” despite having 46 million internet users.

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