Iran’s main nuclear facility suffered a cyberattack on Sunday, leading to a large scale blackout at Natanz, which Israel now appears to be taking responsibility for. Tehran’s nuclear energy chief described the attack as an act of terrorism, and demands a response against the perpetrators. The incident occurred shortly after the official restarted spinning advanced centrifuges at the Natanz reactor. The goal was to speed up the production of enriched uranium, in an event that is seen as a pivotal moment in Iran’s nuclear programme. The country’s Atomic Energy Agency has said that the electricity grid at the site has been damaged as a result.
The two countries have recently been in open conflict, with strikes against shipping, the killing of Iran’s chief nuclear scientist along with airstrikes in Iran and a mysterious oil spill in northern Israel. The cyberattack is thought to be the latest strike between the two countries.