World Bulletin / News Desk
Iran denied its hackers attacked American banks, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Sunday, following a Reuters report that three of the largest American lenders were repeatedly targeted over the past year.
The hacking of websites and corporate networks at Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase & Co and Citigroup Inc began in late 2011 and escalated this year, people familiar with the situation told Reuters.
"We officially announce that we haven't had any attacks," Head of Iran's civil defence agency Gholam Reza Jalali told Fars, when asked about the report.
Reuters reported the hackers targeted the three banks in retaliation for their enforcement of Western economic sanctions against Iran.
A senior Iranian lawmaker accused the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog on Sunday of passing confidential information about Iran's nuclear activities to Israel.
The Islamic state has beefed up its cyber capabilities after the nuclear programme came under attack in 2010 by the Stuxnet computer worm which caused centrifuges to fail at its main enrichment facility.
Tehran accused the United States and Israel of deploying Stuxnet.
Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi said in June that Iran had detected a planned "massive cyber attack" against its nuclear facilities, blaming the United States, Israel and Britain.
Jalali said Stuxnet was used against Iran to delay the country's nuclear activities.
"But we see that our activities are successfully continuing ... Our nuclear systems are now immune to such things," Jalali said, according to Fars.
Security experts say Iran's cyber capabilities are not as sophisticated as those of China, Russia, the United States or many of its Western allies.
Use of the Ajami language, which is a local Hausa dialect that uses Arabic letters, predates the arrival of the British in Nigeria.
Palestinian officials fear that an anticipated cold spell this winter could further aggravate the dire humanitarian situation in the blockaded Gaza Strip
State Department spokeswoman condemns the regime’s violence directed against civilians and its ongoing human rights abuses and violations of international law
On Wednesday, Egyptian authorities reopened the crossing after a one-month closure to help nearly 6,000 stranded Palestinians to return to the Gaza Strip.
The accident comes a day after 26 workers lost lives when a fire breaks out at coal mine in country’s northeast.
While the world is watching the developments in the Ferguson, black teens continue to be killed by police in the US
The army said in a statement that four were detained in Jenin in the north, two in Ramallah, five in Bethlehem and one in Anata village near Jerusalem
Europe has been swept lately by a wave of support for Palestinian statehood, as peace process remains deadlocked.
Extreme right-wing the Freedom Party wanted the closure of mosques and the purging of Islam from Holland.
In order to prevent any protests an eight point plan has been prepared by Israel
Catalan leader Artur Mas outlined a plan to create a Catalan state within 18 months with the first step being to build a common electoral platform, uniting politicians.
Chief Prosecutor Borislav Sarafov said that Mussa, a former Christian of Roma origin who converted to Islam in 2000 while working in Vienna, had preached surrounded by the ISIL flags.
While the outbreak appears to be coming under control in Liberia, infection rates have accelerated in Sierra Leone.
Moualem's two-day visit to Russia, a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian conflict, appears to be the latest move in a renewed diplomatic effort by Moscow to restart peace talks aimed at seeking a solution to the Syria crisis.
The parliament's decision is non-binding as it only has the power to recommend fines to the government and cannot enforce them.
The Dec. 3 meeting, chaired by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, is expected to review progress in the fight against ISIL and to discuss how coalition members will coordinate politically in future.