The U.N. nuclear watchdog said information stolen from one of its former servers had been posted on a hacker Web site November 27, and it was taking all possible steps to ensure its computer systems and data were protected.
The stolen information was contained in a statement by a hacking group. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said the theft concerned some contact details related to experts working with the Vienna-based agency but it did not say who might have been behind the action.
A Western diplomat said the stolen data was not believed to include information related to confidential work carried out by the IAEA. The statement posted under the name Parastoo (which in Farsi, the language of Iran, means swallow, the bird, and can also be a womans name) included a large number of email addresses and called for the people to whom they belonged to sign a petition for an open IAEA investigation into Israel's Dimona reactor.
The statement dated November 25 and headlined Parastoo Hacks IAEA said: Israel owns a practical nuclear arsenal, tied to a growing military body.
Israel is widely believed to have the Middle Easts only atomic arsenal but neither confirms nor denies this under a strategic ambiguity policy to deter Arab and Iranian foes.
Source: Reuters, http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/27/net-us-nuclear-iaea-hacking-idUSBRE8AQ0ZY20121127