Iranian Military C&C Allegedly Hacked and Launched Rockets at Tehran
***UPDATE*** 2/9/13 – Cyber War Zone has confirmed that their article was just a scenario, and DID NOT really happen.
Unknown hackers have infiltrated Iranian Command and Control systems and successfully launched multiple Fajr-5 missiles at the Iran capitol, Tehran according to a Cyber War Zone post:
“Unknown hackers achieved to break in to the C&C center of the Iranian forces. The still unknown hackers initiated an missile attack on the Iranian main capital Tehran. The Iranian army responded fast and intercepted the missiles before they could hit Tehran.”
If this report is accurate, this is HUGE news for the cyberwar field. Most cyber attacks are irritating, but mostly harmless. The ability to hack into a foreign country’s military command, re-task rockets to target a local city and then launch them is down right scary.
The graphic above from the Official Israeli Defense Force Blog, shows that the Fajr-5 rocket has a range of up to 75 Kilometers. And according to Aviation Week the rocket carries a 200 pound warhead that is designed to create massive damage:
“Both Fajr-3 and Fajr-5 carry a 90-kg high explosive warhead with massive fragmentation sheets made of steel balls that create extensive collateral damage. Analyses of such attacks from 2006 to this year indicate these rockets could be equipped with a delay fuse to improve building penetration.”
The article also states that due to it’s increased size compared to earlier Iranian rockets, this one is easier to intercept in mid-air, which may explain how Iran was able to down them before they stuck Tehran.
I could not find any additional information on this incident other than the Cyber War Zone post. Any other sources that I have found talking about it simply referred back to CBZ. So I am not 100% sure that this is legit.
But if it is, this is HUGE news.