Searches in Iran Talks Spy Probe Confirmed

Searches in Iran Talks Spy Probe Confirmed

Swiss authorities have searched multiple premises in relation to an investigation into reports that hackers had targeted venues which hosted international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, Attorney General Michael Lauber said on Wednesday.

“We have an open investigation into political espionage in Switzerland,” Lauber told a news conference, Reuters reported.

His office was analyzing data acquired during the searches, he said. An aide said the premises searched were hotels.

Russian computer security company Kaspersky Lab said earlier this month a computer virus had been used to hack into hotels used to host talks between Iran and the major powers.

Kaspersky said it had found the software in three European hotels. The suspected virus infections were linked to events and venues related to the negotiations between the six major powers (the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) and Iran on a final deal to resolve the long-running dispute over Tehran’s nuclear program. The talks have been held in Geneva, Lausanne, Montreux, Munich and Vienna. Lauber declined to comment on who might be involved in the hacking.


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