A mystery attack on areas close to Iran’s Nuclear facilities has been ongoing since June 26. Experts are calling it a “kinetic cyber attack” by a major power. And it may be both sabotage and cyber in nature.
The first major “kinetic cyber attack” was the Stuxnet worm attack back in 2010. The intrusion of that specific software created havoc with Iran’s nuclear capability. This one appears to be doing even more harm to their ability to create a nuclear bomb. Although they claim that their centrifuges were not harmed. They’re still dead in the water at this time.
The “mystery attack”
June 26: #Khojir missile production facility explosion
June 30: #Sina_Athar clinic explosion
July 2: Natanz nuclear facility explosion
July 3: Shiraz power outage
July 4: Ahvaz power station fire
“While one can never ignore the potential for an accident or gross incompetence, the locations of these explosions coupled with the increasing number of things exploding in the last few weeks does make a strong case for this being foreign sabotage. Let’s not forget, they are all occurring on or near, nuclear, missile, or military installations.” Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD)
#Iran, #Khojir: #SSM facility explosion’s (26 June 2020): #ISI assesses that the blast caused a temporary halt to missile production, at least until the gas supply resumed.@BreakingDefense reporting: https://t.co/0rvkWDExaN pic.twitter.com/E1HDsv4UMB
— ImageSat Intl. (@ImageSatIntl) July 3, 2020
Reports: Explosion in Iran’s eastern mountains was caused by a cyber attack that turned the facility on itself, destroying Iran's Shahab long-range missile force stored in the Khajir tunnel base complex as well as the solid fuel production facility. pic.twitter.com/WBo88jRduJ
— Rɪᴄʜᴀʀᴅ Kᴇᴍᴘ ⋁ (@COLRICHARDKEMP) June 28, 2020
The IntelliTimes reported:
Base of the Air Industries Organization – Hojir, which hosts the Shahid Hamat Industries Group, which deals with ground-to-ground missile production and the Shahid Baqari group, which deals with the production of fuel for missile engines. The blast occurred at Gas Tank Farm A, one of two designed to inject compound or gas required for the production process.
Of course, the main suspects for the Iran regime are the United States or Israel, but Israel is denying they had anything to do with it. Iran called these issues “accidents,” but with so many of them so close together, that was highly unlikely. The first explosion on June 26 was called a “gas explosion” by the regime.
-Regime’s claim of last night’s incident being a gas explosion is a lie. -Huge blast was in an ammunition production site specifically involving ballistic missile warheads. -Parchin complex includes dozens of military factories & hundreds of buildings.
Breaking Defense noted on July 2,
Satellite images show the big blast at Parchin Friday occurred at a secret site that was built by the Iranians as part of their nuclear program.
Iranian officials first claimed that the huge blast was caused by a gas leak in the “public area” of the Parchin military base, where Iran had in the past been suspected of conducting high-explosive tests for nuclear warheads.
The gas storage area is part of the Khojir missile facility. The explosion caused heavy damage to the Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group, which makes solid-propellant rockets, according to one analyst cited by the news agency. Large industrial buildings at the site visible from satellite photographs also suggest missile assembly being conducted there.
In addition, Iranian officials confirmed damage to a building built near the Natanz nuclear power plant today, saying that an “accident” occurred. The Iranians say the crucial centrifuge facility, needed for Iran to make nuclear weapons, was not damaged.
The attacks may not be finished. A group calling themselves the “Homeland Cheetahs” is supposedlymade up of dissidents and anti-government members sent an email to BBC Persia journalists claiming responsibility for earlier attacks.
So was it a physical sabotage, kinetic cyber attack, or just another mystery attack? Experts say it was likely both sabotage and cyber attacks. And will Iran retaliate even if they don’t know for sure who did it?
“If Iran complains too loudly that adversaries destroyed their nuclear weapons development, the IAEA and the world will want a local inspection – Iran has claimed they are not creating nuclear weapons. If they complain too loudly, we can confirm those locations for nuclear weapons development. If Iranian authorities claim adversary actions occurred, internally, they look weak, where they already suffer a lack of confidence. If they openly respond, they risk more attacks.” Jeff Bardin, CIO of security firm Treadstone 71
Don’t you just hate it when that happens?
Featured photo: Twitter via Seth Jones, expert in transnational threats