We have evidence confirming Iran’s involvement in the cyberattack: Albanian MP

A member in the Albanian parliament confirmed to Al Arabiya on Wednesday that his government has evidence of Iran’s involvement in the cyberattack against his country, stressing that the Albanian security services have identified the Iranian groups responsible.

He said that the Iranian cyberattack was aimed at destroying Albania’s digital infrastructure, adding: “The Iranian regime is upset by our country’s stances against it.” The MP called on Iran to change its behavior of supporting terrorism around the world.

Simultaneously, Britain announced that its National Cyber Security Centre has identified actors linked to the Iranian state who are “almost certainly” responsible for the cyberattack targeting the Albanian government in July.

“Iran’s reckless actions showed a blatant disregard for the Albanian people, severely restricting their ability to access essential public services,” British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said in a statement. “The UK is supporting our valuable partner and NATO ally. We join Albania and other allies in exposing Iran’s unacceptable actions.”

On the other hand, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that Tehran strongly condemned Albania’s decision to cut diplomatic ties with it, and rejected Tirana’s reasons for taking this step, describing it as “baseless allegations.”

Albania cut diplomatic ties with Iran on Wednesday and expelled its diplomats after a July cyberattack it blamed on Iran, a move backed by Washington which vowed to respond to the attack on its NATO ally.

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