The cyber attacks began on the evening of Thursday, June 20, staff units US Cyber Command (cyber command United States). They were preparing for at least a few weeks. According to two sources, the Pentagon has proposed to launch attack after alleged attacks on two Iranian oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman in early June.
Cyberwar the Islamic revolutionary guards Corps (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) has been coordinated with U.S. Central command (U.S. Central Command), military organization, which is engaged in the entire Middle East, said the sources. They speak on condition of anonymity because the disclosure of information about the operation is an extremely delicate moment.
The operation caused damage to the system of military command and control, but have not led to deaths or casualties among the civilian population — this distinguishes it from the usual bumps that trump cancelled on Thursday, calling them "disproportionate" received damage. Those bumps could lead to the deaths of more than a hundred people.
On Saturday, the presidential administration has warned the industry to be ready to possible retaliatory cyber attacks from Iran.
The white house declined to comment, and officials of United States cyber command. Press Secretary of the Pentagon Elissa Smith (Elissa Smith ) said: "For political reasons and for operational security we do not discuss operations in cyberspace, as well as operations and intelligence planning".
"This operation increases the risks of Iranian threats, but also serves to protect U.S. Navy and Maritime operations in the Strait of Hormuz, commented Thomas Bossert (Bossert Thomas), a former senior cybersecurity official at the White house in the administration of the trump. — Our military have long known that we can sink every Iranian ship in the Strait in 24 hours, if necessary. And it is the modern version of what the U.S. Navy needs to do to protect yourself in the sea and keep international waterways free from violations by Iran."
Cyberwar the Islamic revolutionary guards Corps on Thursday — the first offensive since, as the U.S. cyber command was transferred to the military situation in may 2019. The President gave the unit new powers that have simplified the process of approval of such measures. Now many actions in cyberspace can be carried out autonomously, they do not require the approval of the President. It is also a reflection of a new strategy for cyber command, which its leader, General Paul Nakasone (Nakasone Paul) identified as "operation against our enemies on their virtual territory."
According to sources, the cyber operation against Iran has brought a much more devastating to the enemy than surgery last fall against the Russian "trolls" that are associated with the Agency online research.
Iranian kibervoyska over the last few years trying to crack the US Navy ships and navigation in the Persian Gulf region, sources say. The Strait of Hormuz is a strategically important Maritime route through which daily passes about 20% of world oil.
On Saturday, the Department of homeland security issued a warning to commercial companies in the US that Iran has stepped up cyberactivist against critical industries including oil, gas and other energy sectors as well as government agencies. As a result of these attacks there is a risk of damage to or destruction of systems: "there is No doubt that the Iranian cyberactivist increased, said Christopher Krebs (Krebs Christopher), Director of the Agency on cyber security and infrastructure security of the Ministry of internal security of the United States. Iranian actors and performers — this is not your ordinary thieves data from your back yard. These guys come and burn the house down."
Krebs said in an interview: "we Need to react to the current situation very seriously. Look at any potential incidents, which are recorded in your system and treat them as worst-case scenario. This is not the situation when you can sit and wait for a security breach... It's about loss of control over the environment, loss of control over computer systems."
He added that "the shift in geopolitical dynamics" is a factor that has contributed to the dissemination of the warning on behalf of the Ministry of internal security.
The NSA also called for representatives of critical industry sectors to be vigilant: "In these times of heightened tension all should be alert to see signs of Iranian aggression in cyberspace, providing adequate protection," — said on Saturday the representative of the NSA Greg Julian (Greg Julian) in the official statement.
Iran has already launched a devastating cyber attack. In 2012 he launched the Shamoon virus, which almost destroyed more than 30,000 computers of Saudi Aramco, the state oil company of Saudi Arabia, deleting the backup data.
Analysts from the private sector of cybersecurity 2014 record gradual increase in cyberactivist Iran and its proxies. This often occurs in the form of a phishing attempt with the goal of gaining access to computer systems in the energy sector, writes The Washington Post.
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