Approximately a couple of weeks ago, an Israeli hacker called You-r!-k@n, one of the early contenders of the Middle East Cyber War, had defaced the Iran Energy Water Website. The attack was claimed as a form of cyber protest (and cyber retaliation) against Iranian institutions executed by the same author.
Yesterday, two weeks later, with the same motivations, the same hacker has targeted and defaced 91 Iranian sites, including several government and education sites together with several important companies.
All the affected sites (at the time of writing the ones listed below are still defaced) show the same message against the “terror” and the nuclear strategy of Iran together with an Israeli flag.
According to the author, the list of the victims include:
- The Tehran’s urban development (http://ashayer.gov.ir) and other web sites with domain gov.ir
- A large number of sites faculties and institutions, for example one of the largest universities in Iran: (http://sama-saveh.ac.ir/info1-28.htm);
- The websites of several large electronic companies (http://gaamelectric.ir/info1-28.htm);
- The websites of one of the largest gas and oil company (http://satrap.ir/info1-28.htm);
According to the original statement of You-r!-k@n:
This is an attack against Iran than support terrorism and developing nuclear weapons to destroy Israel.
The situation between the two hot countries of the Middle East continues to be tense, and cyberspace is not an exception.
You-r!-k@n keeps on his personal battle against Iran.
The latest target is the official website of Iran Energy Water (tw.org.ir), which has been defaced, showing, in several sections, of the main page, a message against the Iran Nuclear Program and against the recent event in Bulgaria where five Israeli tourists (and their local driver) were killed in a terrorist attack in the Black Sea city of Burgas. At the time of writing the web site is unavailable, showing the well-familiar IIS7 Splash Screen (in spite of the embargo and the alleged Iranian Cyber Autarchy).
As you know, Israel blamed Iran for the latter event (backed by American Officials), and hence, easily predictable, the dispute between the two states has (once again) crossed the boundaries of the cyber world (but a defacement is quite a simple question in comparison with Stuxnet and The Flame).
The time of the Middle East Cyber War is well behind, nevertheless cyber events targeting both countries, whether state-sponsored or carried on by lone rangers, continue to happen at a constant rate.