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Senior Official Warns of US Plot to Disable Iran's Power Grid

The US has developed a plan named Nitro Zeus with Iran's power infrastructures as a target for cyberattack.

 Head of Iran's Civil Defense Organization Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali warned of the US plots to launch cyberattacks against the country to disable its power grid.

The US has developed a plan named Nitro Zeus with Iran's power infrastructures as a target for cyberattack, Jalali said, addressing a meeting of Khuzestan province's Civil Defense Council in Ahvaz on Sunday.

He referred to the last February disruption in Khuzestan province's power grid after a mixture of heavy rainfall and severe haze caused dust and smoke particles, and said the same incident may be repeated by a cyberattack.

New York Times reported in February 2016 that in the early years of the Obama administration, the United States developed an elaborate plan for a cyberattack on Iran in case the diplomatic effort to limit its nuclear program failed and led to a military conflict.

The plan, code-named Nitro Zeus, was devised to disable Iran’s air defenses, communications systems and crucial parts of its power grid, and was shelved, at least for the foreseeable future, after the nuclear deal struck between Iran and six other nations was fulfilled.

At its height, officials say, the planning for Nitro Zeus involved thousands of American military and intelligence personnel, spending tens of millions of dollars and placing electronic implants in Iranian computer networks to “prepare the battlefield” in the parlance of the Pentagon.

 

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