VIENNA — The UN nuclear agency is investigating reports from its specialists that their cellphones and laptops may have been hacked into by Iranian officials looking for confidential information while the equipment was left unattended during inspection tours in the Islamic Republic, diplomats have said.
One of the diplomats said the International Atomic Energy Agency is examining “a range of events, ranging from those where it is certain something has happened to suppositions,’’ all this year. He said the nuclear watchdog agency was alerted by inspectors reporting “unusual events.’’
Two other diplomats in senior positions confirmed the essence of the report. All three envoys come from member nations of the International Atomic Energy Agency and spoke on condition of anonymity because their information was privileged.
An agency spokeswoman said the IAEA had no comment.
A woman answering the cellphone of Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s senior envoy to the agency, said Soltanieh “wishes to give no interviews.’’