The US armed forces launched cyber attacks against Iranian missile and spyware control systems on Thursday after Tehran removed a US surveillance watch, US officials said.
US President Donald Trump ordered a vicious military attack on Iran. but then canceled it, saying the answer would not be "proportional" and instead promised new sanctions for the country.
But following the collapse of the unmanned plane, Trump secretly allowed the US cyber-command to carry out a cyber attack on Iran, two employees told the Associated Press on Saturday.
A third officer confirmed the broad outlines of the attack. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the operation
US media Yahoo News and The Washington Post also reported on cyber-attacks.
Iran has no immediate response to US claims. Iran has cured and cut off much of its infrastructure from the Internet after the computer virus Stuxnet, who is believed to be a joint US-Israeli creature, broke off thousands of Iranian centrifuges in the late 2000s. "We do not discuss cyber operations, intelligence, or planning," US Defense Department spokesman Heather Babb said, quoted by the agency.
agencies that send waves of copying phishing emails, cyber-security companies CrowdStrike and FireEye – who regularly track such activity, AP said.
This new campaign seems to start shortly after the Trump administration imposed sanctions on the Iranian petrochemical sector this month.
It was not known whether any of the hackers had access to target networks with emails that typically mimic legitimate emails but contain malware. "Both sides desperately want to know what the other side thinks," said John Hallwist, director of intelligence analyzes at FireEye, told AP.
CrowdStrike shared images of phishing copies of a copy with AP.
USSR cyber security and infrastructure director Christopher Krebes said the agency is working with the intelligence community and cyber security partners to monitor Iran's cyber activity, and the US and its allies are safe.
"What can begin as a compromise on an account where you think you can just lose data can quickly turn into a situation where you
The National Security Agency (NSA) will not specifically discuss Iranian cybernetic but said in an AP statement on Friday that "there are serious problems with malicious Iranian cyber attacks in
" In these times of increasing tension, it is appropriate for everyone to be alert to signs of Iranian aggression in cyberspace, that adequate safeguards are in place ", aza NSA. Expansion Voltages
Tensions between the United States and Iran are once again high after the transition of Trump more than a year ago to leave the multinational agreement to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions.
Instead, his administration imposed a strict list of criminal economic sanctions designed to stifle Iranian oil sales and mutilate his economy.
On Saturday, Trump said the United States would set "big" new sanctions against Iran next week. He said they will be announced on Monday.
Tehran said he had taken down the US unmanned plane on Thursday after breaking Iran's airspace – something Washington denies.
Iran, meanwhile, denied responsibility for tanker attacks, and a senior military official on Saturday promised to "set off" the interests of America and its allies "if the United States were attacking
Iran" facing any threat " Trump warns of "deletion"