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Iran denies U.S. claims it was behind Persian Gulf cyber attacks
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep3(60).jpgTEHRAN – The director of Iran’s National Center of Cyberspace, Mehdi Akhavan Beh-Abadi, on Sunday dismissed U.S. claims that it was behind the recent cyber attacks against a number of Persian Gulf oil and gas companies. 
 
On October 12, James Lewis, a former U.S. State Department official, claimed that U.S. government agencies had concluded that Iran had orchestrated the Shamoon virus that affected Saudi Aramco and the Qatari RasGas Company Limited in August, the Express Tribune reported.  
 
On the same day, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta delivered a speech in which he did not directly link Iran to the attacks but said that Tehran has “undertaken a concerted effort to use cyberspace to its advantage,” AP reported. 
 
He stated, “Potential aggressors should be aware that the United States has the capacity to locate them and hold them accountable for actions that harm America or its interests.” 
 
Speaking during a press conference in Tehran, Beh-Abadi said that such claims have no technical basis, adding, “We interpret this issue politically and in light of domestic issues and election in the United States.” 
 
Beh-Abadi was referring to the U.S. presidential election, which is scheduled to be held on November 6.  
 
He added, “Naturally, we express sympathy with these countries and, given the experience that Iran has in this area, we announce readiness to provide assistance to them and cooperate with these countries to enhance their cyber security.”    
 
“We hope to see an international campaign to condemn cyber terrorism,” Beh-Abadi said.  
 
Commenting on Panetta’s statement that the United States has the capacity to identify the origin of the cyber attacks, he stated, “We welcome those remarks and announce readiness for any kind of international cooperation to identify the origin of these attacks. However, we believe that such remarks are more of a scenario.”  
 
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