TEHRAN -- The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said Sunday the recent infiltration into the email server of one of its subsidiaries lacks any value and was only an illegal act committed out of desperation by the perpetrators.
The AEOI’s Sunday statement came a day after a hacker group claimed that it had infiltrated the organization’s servers and subsequently leaked its information.
The organization said claims circulating on the internet about infiltration into the email server of the Nuclear Power Production & Development Company of Iran (NPPD) were only an attention-seeking move.
“It is evident that the goal behind such illegal efforts, which stem from desperation of their perpetrators, is to attract the public attention, create [anti-Iran] media atmosphere, and launch psychological operations,” the AEOI said, adding that the move is devoid of any other value.
The AEOI explained that the leaked emails were nothing but technical messages and run-of-the-mill communications.
According to a report by the NPPD, unauthorized access to its email server originated from a foreign country and led to the leakage of contents of some of the company’s emails.
“Following this incident, the information technology department of the NPPD ... examined various aspects of it and offered its preliminary report to the officials of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran,” it said.
This is not the first time that Iran’s adversaries have tried to disrupt the country’s security and stability by hacking into various sectors providing public services.
Iran’s Transportation Ministry in July 2021 confirmed that a cyberattack targeted its internal websites and parts of its online infrastructure.
Later in October 2021, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace said experts had successfully contained the disruption in gas stations across the country in the aftermath of a “widespread” cyberattack, which was possibly launched from abroad.