Iran Official Claims Rouhani’s Cell Phone Was Tapped

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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani’s cell phone was tapped by persons unknown for reasons that are yet to be made clear, an Iran official claimed.

General Gholam Reza Jalali, the head of a military unit charged with fighting sabotage, was quoted by semi-official ISNA news agency on Monday, revealing that the president had apparently been targeted, the Associated Press reported.

Although Jalali said that the Iranian leader’s phone would be replaced with a more secure device, he did not reveal further details or suggest who had hacked the cell phone or what if any information was gleaned.

Iran moved in 2011 to boost its cybersecurity following an attack by the Stuxnet computer worm, which destroyed thousands of centrifuges involved in its controversial nuclear program at the Bushehr power plant, according to the AP report.

The cyber attack was widely believed to be created through a partnership between the U.S. and Israel.

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