Two potential cyberattacks in Iran lead to investigations on Saturday; This follows several cyberattacks in previous days and weeks.
A power plant in the city of Ahvaz, Iran, is facing damage after another potential cyberattack on Saturday. An explosion took place at the Zargan power plant, which is located on the Iraqi border.
The source of the explosion is reported to have been a transformer but remains under investigation according to at least one Iranian source.
Hours later, a petrochemical center in Karun, Iran, suffered a chlorine gas leak that led to a reported 70 workers becoming sick. Most of these workers have already been released from the hospital.
There is no question that tension will continue to rise in the region as Iran has already been suspicious of Israel’s involvement in the previous attacks. In a similar response to when the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) carry out a strike, PM Benjamin Netanyahu responded to question about these recent events in Iran stating, “I don’t address these issues.”
Interestingly enough, Amos Yadlin, who is the head of the Institute for National Security Studies, took to social media yesterday and said, “According to foreign sources, it appears that the prime minister focused this week on Iran rather than his plan for West Bank annexation. This is the policy I’ve been recommending in the last few weeks. If Israel is accused by official sources then we need to be operationally prepared for the possibility of an Iranian reaction (through cyber, firing missiles from Syria or a terror attack overseas).”
Iran has now suffered at least four serious potential cyberattacks in the last two weeks.
An Iranian official warned of possible retaliation stating, “Responding to cyber-attacks is part of the country’s defence might. If it is proven that our country has been targeted by a cyber-attack, we will respond.”