The Cyber War Between US and IRAN Officially Announced.
The U.S cyber forces launched a cyber attack on Iranian Military computer systems, according to report.
In recent weeks the hackers believed to be working for the Iranian government have targeted U.S government agencies, as well as sectors of the economy, including Oil and gas, the activity track by Crowdstrike and FireEye.
According to reports by United states media, The Washington post, The New York Times and Associated Press have confirmed the report that the President Donald Trump ordered Cyber attack on IRAN.
Cyber attack on Iran were launched by US Cyber command and it had been planned for several weeks and were meant as response both to the attacks on oil tankers as well as the recent downing of an US drone aircraft.
Meanwhile, multiple private U.S. cyber intelligence firms have reported attempts by Iranian hackers in recent weeks to infiltrate American organizations. U.S. officials told the Wall Street Journal they fear heightened escalations not only in physical space but in cyberspace as well.
The National Security Council declined to comment on the Iranian cyber group or the U.S. Cyber Command response. The National Security Agency, U.S. Central Command and the Navy all directed Yahoo News to U.S. Cyber Command for comment. Cyber Command did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Heather Babb, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told Yahoo News that “as a matter of policy and for operational security, we do not discuss cyberspace operations, intelligence or planning.”
In recent years, according to John Hultquist, the director of intelligence for threat intelligence firm FireEye, Iranian cyberspies have targeted U.S. Navy sailors, particularly those in the 5th Fleet, to gather information.
“There was a pretty substantial campaign going all the way up to [U.S. Navy] leadership at one point,” said Hultquist. FireEye has analyzed one Iranian group it calls Newscaster that has frequently used fake social media profiles to gather information and has been tied to at least one destructive attack, he told to Yahoo News.
The National Security Agency gives the statement to the Associated Press on Friday that “there have been serious issues with malicious Iranian Cyber actions in the past.”
In these times of heightened tensions, it is appropriate for everyone to be alert to signs os Iranian aggression in cyberspace and ensure appropriate defenses are in the place,” NSA said.
The strikes were conducted with approval from Trump. A third official confirmed the broad outlines of the strike. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the operation, two officials told to Associated Press.
CrowdStrike shared images of the spear-phishing emails with the AP.
“Both sides are desperate to know what the other side is thinking,” said John Hultquist, director of intelligence analysis at FireEye. “You can absolutely expect the regime to be leveragine every tool they have available to reduce the uncertaintly about what’s going to happen next, about what the U.S next move will be.”
Earlier as well known StuxNet Virus, was developed by the United States and Israel, and discovered in 2010, it was used to cyber attack on uranium enrichment facility in IRAN.