Iran’s View of Cyberwarfare – The New York Times – May 22, 2013

letter to the editorThe New York Times -( May 22, 2013) To the Editor:

Re “Cyberattacks on the Rise Against U.S. Corporations” (news article, May 13): Although Iran has been the recipient of protracted waves of state-sponsored cyberattacks attempting to target Iran’s civilian nuclear facilities, power grids, oil terminals and other industrial sectors, it has never taken countermeasures against the perpetrators of cyberattacks. Nor, contrary to the article’s assertion, has Iran ever engaged in such attacks against its Persian Gulf neighbors, with which Iran has maintained good neighborly relations.
Unfortunately, wrongful acts such as authorizing the 2010 Stuxnet attack against Iran have set a bad, and dangerous, precedent in breach of certain principles of international law. This also ignores the United Nations Charter’s principle of refraining from threat or use of force in international relations, which definitely entails responsibility for its consequences.
Iran, as the current head of the Non-Aligned Movement and a responsible member of the international community, has been at the forefront of calling for the strengthening of international legal instruments against cyberwarfare.
Cybersecurity is a global issue, transcending national boundaries, and therefore it requires collective efforts of responsible states to reach a comprehensive international agreement similar to other arrangements on nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.
 
ALIREZA MIRYOUSEFI
Head of Press Office
Iran’s Mission
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