Turkey is in process of recovering from a major power cut that brought the country almost to a stop. According to some media reports from Turkey almost the entire country was affected by the massive power cut. Officials are considering the possibility that they were hit by a major cyber attack that was directed at its critical infrastructure.
The Turkish government is currently presenting the power cut as technical issue but some suspect that a state sponsor could have authorized this massive cyber attack against Ankaras electric grid and other features of its critical infrastructure.
Turkish officials said that the issue stems from technical problem with the computer system of the Turkish Electricity Conduction Company which is responsible for controlling power lines.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu statedthat every possibility including a terrorist attack is being investigated.
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz added that officials were investigating whether the power outage was result of a cyber attack. The energy minister said: «I also cannot say whether or not there was a cyber attack. The most important thing for us is to bring the system back to life. This is not something we frequently experience. »
If officials do determine that Turkey was hit by major cyber attack, Iran will likely be seen as primary suspect.
The power cut happened as tensions increasingly rise between Iran and Turkey over past few weeks. Although it takes time to determine attribution from a cyber attack some news outlets report that authorities are highly suspicious that Iran has supported the attack.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently said condemning the Shiite regime: «Iran is trying to chase [the Islamic State] from the region only to take its place». Turkish president also condemned Iran for aiding «terrorist groups» in taking over Yemen. The remarks that reportedly angered Iranian government officials who demanded an apology from Turkey.
The two countries have also had major falling out in diplomatic relations due to the Syrian civil war. While Iran is strong supporter of the Assad regime Turkey fiercely opposes Assads grip on Syria. The countries also find themselves on opposite sides about the current conflict in Yemen.
Iran dedicated major resources towards expanding its cyber warfare capabilities over past few years.
Some speculated that Iran became one of the number one cyber threats such as China and Russia. Iran was once considered a D-grade cyber threat. Now its almost on the same level as Russia or China.
Iran also showed that it has the ability to breach the United States critical infrastructure network where Iran infiltrated U.S. water, gas, and transit systems while also successfully breaching airport security networks.
In February Irans Ayatollah Khamenei said in an address to his military cyber units: «You are the cyber war agents… get yourselves ready for such war wholeheartedly. »