Amidst growing tensions between the two nations, three U.S. officials informed the Associated Press that the operation on Thursday evening run-down the Iranian computer systems that were controlling Iran’s rocket and missile launchers.
As per the information shared by two of the officials, the cyber-attack was authorized by the president Donald Trump after calling off the conventional military in retaliation to Iran’s shooting down of a US surveillance drone.
The officials also shared that the defense officials had been preparing such a cyber-response as a contingency plan for weeks before the attack.
Cybersecurity firms say Iran has elevated its offensive cyberattacks against the US government and its important infrastructure. Crowd Strike and Fire Eye, firms tracking these activities said, “in recent weeks, 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.” They informed that the hackers have sent waves of spear-phishing emails as well.
It is yet to be surfaced if the hackers managed to get access to the targeted networks with the emails. The cyber offensive is the latest chapter in ongoing cyber operations between the U.S. and Iran.