Iran’s Chain Explosions: Accident, Sabotage or Cyberattack
ICBPS– Israel’s Cyberattack on Iran’s most significant port earlier May, reported by mainstream media to have massive destruction to its operations. Israel was behind the Cyberattack, N.Y. Times declared. The cyberattack brought down the Shahid Rajaee port’s computer systems, causing a total shutdown of facilities in the port.
Israel, yet, has refused to comment on the report officially. The U.S. and other foreign officials believe that Israel was likely behind the attack.
On June 25, half of Shiraz city plunged into darkness following an explosion at the main power stations.
A massive explosion occurred east of Iran’s capital Tehran late Thursday, June 25, 2020. Haunting footage had gone viral on social media, indicating a bright orange flash followed by a large plume of smoke. IRI’s defense ministry claimed the incident was caused by an industrial gas tank explosion overnight in Tehran. The blast took place in the Parchin public area, Brig. Gen. Davoud Abdi.
Experts identified the blast that happened at Iran’s missile assembly site in the Khajir region, 20 Kilometers from the controversial Parchin military complex.
Nineteen individuals were killed and six injured on Tuesday, June 30, in an explosion at Tehran medical clinic, northern Iran’s capital. A gas leak allegedly caused the blast at the Sina Athar clinic, IRIB quoted the deputy governor.
Online videos gone viral showed a fire broke out at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility on Thursday, July 2, 2020. No casualties reported, and the site is allegedly operating as usual. The Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP), IRI’s leading uranium enrichment site in the central province of Isfahan, is one of several regime facilities monitored by the U.N. nuclear watchdog.
A chlorine gas leak at Karun petrochemical center in the port of Mahshahr, southern Iran, sickened 70 workers.
On Saturday, transformer explosion took place at Zargan power station in Ahvaz, southwestern Iran. It was the latest of several blazes and blasts to hit sensitive sites across the nation.
The two incidents in the country’s oil-rich Khuzestan province come after the blaze and explosion at Iran’s nuclear and military sites.
On May 25, Tabriz’s power station, northwestern Iran, caught fire. A day before the incident, an explosion occurred at one of the Bandar Imam Petrochemical Company’s units, located on the Persian Gulf.
Further, widespread bushfires gut vast areas of rangelands, forests, palm groves, and green regions across Iran.
The mysterious explosions mentioned above are just some of the recent events that have taken place ten years after the highly sophisticated Stuxnet Cyberattack. The recent blasts in the country may have been caused by a malicious computer worm similar to the Stuxnet virus that disabled centrifuges in 2010. Two of the explosions occurred at power plants, one at a missile assembly site, and few others happened in less-important places.
Israel, however, says ‘not necessarily’ behind all Iran nuclear site incidents, and no states nor groups, yet, have claimed the responsibility of the incidents. However, the speculation was rife among experts on whether it was an indication of sabotage by a cyberattack or human error.
Stuxnet 2.0? Iran has blamed an explosion on its Natanz nuclear facility on a cyberattack from Israel and now some experts are suggesting this may signal the regime’s intentions to retaliate with a cyberattack of its own. #Natanz #Stuxnet
— Adelle (@AdelleNaz) July 5, 2020
Iran’s April cyberattack aimed to raise chlorine to dangerous levels in Israel’s water system may have ignited retaliatory Cyberwarfare [Cyberattack] towards Tehran’s military and nuclear sites.
Iran’s regime has stuck in a security swamp as incidents at sensitive sites show that Tehran is falling in terms of security. Iran’s regime faces a “security collapse.” It seems states agreed to put an end to Iran’s proxy wars through hybrid war.
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