Iranian officials, responding to allegations made by U.S. officials that the Iranian government is directing Operation Ababil, have denied all involvement. In response, U.S. officials have highlighted the Iranian government's announcement earlier this year that it had created a military "cyber corps" to help the country block future attacks of the Stuxnet variety.
In February 2012, notably, Brig. Gen. Gholam-Reza Jalali (above), who heads the Passive Defense Organization of Iran (PDOI), reportedly said that "Iran has begun to operate its first cyber army," while in later interviews, he said that a new "cyber command" would help Iran "develop mechanisms for cyber defense in a way that we will be able to defend the country against new viruses." Might the country's cyber plan also include offensive operations?