TEHRAN (defapress) – In case of any reports on infected computers at Iranian organizations by the NSA-derived ransomware, Iran’s Passive Defense Organization is prepared to recover the damaged data, head of the Organization said Sunday.
News ID: 65062
Publish Date: 14May 2017 - 14:24
Head of Iran’s Passive Defense Organization Brig. Gen.
Gholamreza Jalali said hackers have stolen the cyberweapons from the US
National Security Agency and that the worldwide cyberattack has been
"Since the ransomware has affected 90 countries worldwide
and in such a short span of time which requires a special base for being able
to do so, the attack should be traced back to governments and their intelligence
services,” Jalali said, adding "the cyberattacks have not targeted any
organizations in the US, but mostly European and Eastern countries, therefore
one can assume that the attacks stem from the US.”
Jalali maintained that the number of infected computers in
Iran has not been determined yet, adding "international websites tracking this
issue have placed Iran at the 15th most affected country.”
The head of Passive Defense Organization advised upgrading
Windows to its latest version since Microsoft has already issued a security
patch for the vulnerability back in March. He also advised users of infected
computers to disconnect their computer from the network and promptly inform the
The ransomware attack struck organizations across the globe
on Friday. Hackers used a tool known as Eternal Blue developed by US spies at
the US National Security Agency. Ransomware encrypts data on computers and
demands a fee typically payable in untraceable digital currency to unlock them.