Iran claims to thwart 'thousands' of cyberattacks on infrastructure every day

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Firefighters arrive for additional support after the fire from the explosion of Sina Athar Clinic is extinguished by their colleagues, in Tehran, Iran, July 1, 2020.
AP Photo/Vahid SalemiFirefighters arrive for additional support after the fire from the explosion of Sina Athar Clinic is extinguished by their colleagues, in Tehran, Iran, July 1, 2020.

Iran says US prime suspect behind attacks, reserving right to retaliate at time of choosing

Iran thwarts "thousands" of cyberattacks on its infrastructure every day, its Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Thursday.

Mousavi claimed, as cited by the Mehr news agency, that the cyber campaigns have intensified in recent weeks and pointed at the United States as the prime suspect behind those.

Most of the attacks are repelled quickly and easily, Mousavi claimed, adding that none of the recent ones was able to do what the attackers were hoping to achieve.

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He also said that the string of fire and explosions rocking Iran over the past few weeks had nothing to do with the alleged cyberattacks.

Mousavi added that Iran reserved the right to respond to the attacks appropriately at the time of its choosing.

Earlier, on Wednesday, an Iranian lawmaker who is part of the parliamentary panel on national security and foreign policy said that one of the recent incidents -- a blast at the Natanz nuclear enrichment site -- resulted from a "security breach."

While refusing to elaborate on the nature of the "breach," Javad Karimi Ghodoosi asserted that the blast had not been caused by a projectile launched from the outside.

He also said the explosion had not been caused by an explosive planted at the site.