Leaked: Iran secret cyber files on civilian cyber attacks
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Classified documents, allegedly from Iran, have revealed that a secret investigation and research into how a cyber attack could be used to sink a cargo ship or explode a gas station is taking place.
The secret files, obtained by Sky News and published late last night, also include information on satellite communication devices used by the global shipping industry as well as a computer-based system that controls things like lights, heating. and ventilation that are controlled by the internet (smart appliances) in various buildings around the world.
The documents appear to show a particular interest in the research of companies and activities in western countries, including the United Kingdom, France and the United States.
According to the source, who is familiar with the leaked document, which is 57 pages long and contains five research reports, it was compiled by a secret group called Shahid Kaveh, which specializes in cyber offensive strategies and security. This elite group forms part of an important and senior section in the Iran Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
The source said he believes the work mentioned in the report leaked to the media is evidence of efforts by Iran to gather information on civilian infrastructure that could be used to identify targets for future attacks via the internet.
“They are creating an information bank with the aim of using it whenever they see fit,” the source said.
The Iranian embassy in London did not respond to a request for comment from the international media on the allegations.
A growing number of countries, including the United Kingdom, have cyber weapons and are working to develop new offensive capabilities.