Date
18 January 2017
Iranian negotiators (right) meet with US representatives headed by State Secretary John Kerry (third from left) in this file picture taken in Lusanne, Switzerland on March 19. Photo: PressTV
Iranian negotiators (right) meet with US representatives headed by State Secretary John Kerry (third from left) in this file picture taken in Lusanne, Switzerland on March 19. Photo: PressTV

Swiss probing suspected cyber bugs in Iran nuclear talks hotels

Swiss authorities have launched an investigation into alleged spying in hotels that hosted talks on Iran’s nuclear program.

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland said on Thursday it began a criminal investigation on May 6 into unknown persons on suspicion of illegal intelligence activity, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Investigators have confiscated material, including computers, from a hotel to determine whether its IT systems had been infected by malicious software.

Three hotels that hosted the talks have been targeted by a spy virus linked to Israeli spies, the newspaper said.

The attorney general’s office said the investigation was authorized by the Federal Council, the country’s cabinet, following a report by the country’s intelligence service.

The office didn’t specify which hotels may have been infiltrated.

Kaspersky Lab ZAO, a cybersecurity company based in Moscow, found that three luxury hotels had been infiltrated by a virus before hosting the negotiations among the United States, Iran and five other world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program, the newspaper said.

Israeli officials have denied spying on the US or other allies but acknowledge keeping close surveillance on Iran.

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