Tensions between the United States and Iran have been on the rise since the killing of Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Quds Force, in January. These tensions have increased with the US economic sanctions, which have hit Iran’s economy hard.
Iran’s regime has drawn on cyberattacks in retaliation for the killing of its top general.
In 2012, Iran launched cyberattacks against Saudi Aramco. The attacks affected the company’s operations for 5 months and impacted some 35,000 computers. The Iranian cyberattacks against the US targets have been on the rise since US President Donald Trump took office in 2017.
The cyberattacks rose in February to more than one million attacks after the US Washington announced economic sanctions against 5 Iranian individuals.
At least 46 US major financial institutions and financial sector companies were targeted. The US Justice Department said the attacks occurred from 2011 to 2013.
Moreover, industrial control system security firm Dragos said that Iranian hacking groups are targeting US electric systems.
The US government has warned of an increase in Iranian cyberattacks from after the killing of Soleimani.
The Counter Extremism Center said in a report released in February that Iran would likely continue cyberspace attacks in retaliation for the killing of Soleimani and the US sanctions.
Source » theportal-center