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Hackers Publish Names From UN Nuclear Agency

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 28, 2012 Last Updated: December 3, 2012
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Men walk outside the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna on March 7, 2011. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

Men walk outside the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna on March 7, 2011. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

The United Nations nuclear agency admitted it was hacked by a group that called on it to investigate Israel’s nuclear weapons program.

The group, called Parastoo—which is Farsi for a swallow—the bird, and can be a name given to Iranian girls—claimed responsibility for the security breach. It posted names and contact details two days ago on Pastebin that were extracted from the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Parastoo said Sunday in its first public message that “You will be hearing game changing news from us frequently from now on.” The group said it wants an investigation into Israel’s “practical nuclear arsenal” before posting names and other information contained within the IAEA’s servers.

The IAEA told Reuters Tuesday that the leaked information pertained to “some contact details related to experts working” with the IAEA. A Western diplomat told Reuters that the stolen data likely did not contain the agency’s confidential work.

IAEA spokeswoman Gill Tudor said it “deeply regrets this publication of information stolen from an old server that was shut down some time ago.”

“The IAEA’s technical and security teams are continuing to analyze the situation and do everything possible to help ensure that no further information is vulnerable,” she said.

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