Information stolen from one of a U.N. nuclear watchdog’s former servers is up and viewable on a hacker website.
The stolen information was in a statement by a group calling for an inquiry into Israel’s nuclear activities. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is investigating Iran’s nuclear program.
The IAEA said the theft concerned “some contact details related to experts working” with the Vienna-based agency but it did not say who might have been behind the action.
The stolen data did not include information related to confidential work carried out by the IAEA, one official said. One of the agency’s tasks is preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.
The statement posted in the name of Parastoo (which in Farsi means swallow, the bird, and can also be a woman’s name) included a large number of email addresses and called for the people to whom they belonged to sign a petition for an “open” IAEA investigation into Israel’s Dimona reactor.
The statement dated November 25 and headlined “Parastoo Hacks IAEA” said: “Israel owns a practical nuclear arsenal, tied to a growing military body.”
Middle East experts said Israel has the only atomic arsenal but the country neither confirms nor denies this under a “strategic ambiguity” policy to deter Arab and Iranian foes.
Israel and the United States accuse Iran of seeking to develop a nuclear weapons capability, a charge Tehran denies, and said the Islamic state is the main proliferation threat. That was one of the thoughts behind the Stuxnet virus: To delay or end Iran’s nuclear capability.
IAEA spokeswoman Gill Tudor said the agency “deeply regrets this publication of information stolen from an old server that was shut down some time ago”.
Measures are underway to address concern over possible vulnerability in the server, she said.
“The IAEA’s technical and security teams are continuing to analyze the situation and do everything possible to help ensure that no further information is vulnerable,” Tudor said.