US launched a cyber attack on Iran to destroy computer systems Tehran used to attack oil tankers in the Gulf
- Tehran was startled by a cuber attack on June 20, Washington officials said
- Cyber attack destroyed systems that Iran used to attack oil tankers in the Gulf
- Strike was launched as a retribution for bringing down an American drone at the height of the crisis
- Since then, officials have said that Tehran has been trapped in its efforts to hit tankers
A secret cyber attack on Iran in June destroyed critical databases used by his forces to attack oil tankers and threaten the shipping lanes of the Gulf, Washington officials claim.
Tehran was startled by the digital raid on the day that President Donald Trump withdrew from air strikes at the last minute in retaliation for Iran that a American drone shot down.
Iran desperately tries to restore intelligence destroyed in the cyber attack on June 20 and to get its systems back online, officials said New York Times.
The databases are intended to help the Islamic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) select which tankers they should target and where.
An Iranian Revolutionary Guards boat guards the British flag Stena Impero at an undisclosed location in the port of Bandar Abbas after it was seized last month
Tehran was hit by an American strike in retaliation for his decision to take down an American drone in June (photo: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani)
Since the cyber bombing, officials say no tanker has been the target of significant aggression, such as the attacks on the limpet mine in May and June.
The only exception is the British flag Stena Impero, when Tehran lashed out last month at his Grace 1 tanker seized in Gibraltar.
Details of the successful cyber attack were partially leaked to convince doubts within the Trump administration that the operation was worth the loss of access to a critical network used by the IRGC.
Experts believe that cyber warfare, which is often not recognized, just like espionage, is vital to destroy American opponents.
Although a cyber attack will not necessarily prevent further aggression from a country like Iran, it communicates the overwhelming arsenal that the US has.
Normale Roule, a former intelligence chief, told the NYT: & You have to make sure your opponent understands one message: the United States has huge capabilities that they can never match, and it would be best for all involved if they just stop their offensive actions. & # 39;
Cyber Command has been given more powers under the Trump government to plan and conduct its attacks.
The commander-in-chief, General Paul M. Naksone, says that their strategy is a & # 39; ongoing engagement & # 39; with the enemy.
The relentless barrage was designed to safely escape a provocation to war and the June strike was considered a proportionate punishment for Tehran dropping the US Navy drone.
Cyber Commando has been given more powers under the Trump administration to plan and execute cyber attacks (photo: President Trump during the G7 in Biarritz during the weekend)
But cyber widths as inflicted in June must be tempered, intelligence sources say.
They not only shut down networks that can spy on the US instead, but also help enemies learn about uncertainties in their digital defense.
& # 39; It can take a long time to gain access, and that access will be burned if you enter the system and remove something, & # 39; Gary Brown, a former Cyber Command legal adviser, told the NYT. & # 39; But at the same time you can't just use that as an excuse for not acting. You cannot simply save access and never use it. & # 39;
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