The Washington Examiner
Hackers claim to have seized the information of nearly 200 scientists and officials affiliated with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the world’s chief nuclear watchdog, according to a message posted Sunday on the website Cryptome.
A new hacker group calling itself Parastoo posted numerous email addresses purportedly found within the IAEA’s internal computer systems.
Parastoo is threatening to post personal information associated with these scientists and other personnel unless immediate action is taken by the IAEA to investigate Israel’s nuclear power plant, which some believe houses nuclear arms.
The effort appears to be in response to the IAEA’s aggressive investigation into Iran’s nuclear enrichment activity, which critics claim Iran is undertaking in pursuit of a nuclear weapon.
“We are reassuring IAEA that their critical information is safe with us as we are brothers, however, we can not guarantee the same if a Western-favored element entertains another sip of motorbike & magnetbomb [sic] cocktail,” the hacker group said in a statement, referring to assassination operations believed to be carried out by Israel against Iranian nuclear scientists.
An IAEA spokesperson said that the organization is “not giving any on-record comment on this right now.”
The leaked email addresses are associated with various academics and government officials across the globe, including one employee in the United States Department of Energy’s Office of Science.
Neither a DoE spokesperson nor the U.S. Mission to the IAEA responded to a Free Beacon request for comment about the incident.
Parastoo, which claims to be posting its “first public message,” is demanding that the IAEA investigate Israel’s Negev Nuclear Research Center located near the southern city of Dimona.
Dubbing the site “beyond-harmful,” Parastoo instructs that the individuals listed “sign a petition demanding an open IAEA investigation into activities at Dimona,” according to the message...
The group is highly critical of Israel, accusing the Jewish state of terrorism and espionage...
The group alleges that Israel has “a history of attacking U.S. properties, Arab countries and assassination episodes of all stripes,” according to the message.
Parastoo then delivers a warning: “You are not anonymous. Expect us.”
The language used by Parastoo is similar to dispatches from Anonymous, an anarchic collective of “hacktivists” who engage in cyber-attacks against targets it finds objectionable.
Anonymous has also come out against Israel, criticizing its treatment of the Palestinians.
It remains unclear exactly from where Parastoo’s attack originates, but Iran itself has been known to launch cyber attacks.
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Editor's Note: Perhaps the most disturbing passage in this groups writings comes in this phrase, "...“We are reassuring IAEA that their critical information is safe with us as we are brothers,..." Really?!...
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