On July 15, a cyberattack temporarily took down numerous Albanian government digital services and websites. Rama said an investigation determined that the attack was not carried out by an individual or independent group, but was an Internet-based “state aggression”.
“Intensive investigations have given us solid evidence that the cyberattacks against our country were planned and sponsored by the Islamic Republic of Iran, which was involved in the attack on Albania,” Rama said in a video statement.
The White House expressed support for the move by Albania, a NATO ally.
“The United States strongly condemns Iran’s cyberattack. We join Prime Minister Rama in calling for Iran to be held accountable for this unprecedented cyber incident,” National Security Council spokesman Adrian Watson said in a statement.
“The United States will take further action to hold Iran accountable for actions that threaten the security of U.S. allies and set a disturbing precedent in cyberspace,” Watson said.
Albania, a NATO member since 2009, hosts some 3,000 Iranian Mujahedeen-e-Khalq dissidents who live 30 kilometers (19 miles) west of the Albanian capital Tirana Ashraf 3 camp in Manez.