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Iranian Government Plans to Disconnect Government Agencies from the Internet

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, August 8 2012

Iran plans to move several of its ministries and state agencies offline as a way of protecting them behind a secure computer wall from what it sees as online threats, the Telegraph reported.

Reza Taghipour, the country's telecommunications minister, announced the step at a conference at Tehran's Amir Kabir University on Sunday.

He said that sensitive intelligence was vulnerable online because the world wide web is untrustworthy due to being controlled by "one or two countries" hostile to Iran, the Telegraph reported.

"The establishment of the national intelligence network will create a situation where the precious intelligence of the country won't be accessible to these powers," he said, according to the Telegraph.

Iranian governmental entities, of course, have recently been the target of the Stuxnet and Flame computer viruses that have been attributed to the U.S. and Israel.

Taghipour also said the measure is the first step in the launch of a long-rumored domestic intranet system set to start in 18 months.