US 'carried out secret cyber attack' on Iran after Saudi oil attack

US 'carried out secret cyber attack' on Iran after Saudi oil attack ... 17/10/2019 Internet-IT

Keywords:#2015, #American, #Arabia, #Azari, #Britain, #Communications, #Donald_Trump, #Fars, #France, #Germany, #Houthi,, #Iran, #Iran_Nuclear_Deal, #Iranian, #Joint_Comprehensive_Plan_of_Action, #Minister_of_Communications_and_Information_Technology, #New_York, #Pentagon, #Persian, #Persian_Gulf, #Reuters, #Revolutionary_Guards, #Saudi, #Saudi_Arabia, #September, #Tehran, #Trump, #US, #United_States, #Yemen

Official says cyber operation affects 'physical hardware' as Tehran denies impact
By Chris Riotta
New York @chrisriotta
The US conducted a secretive cyber operation against Iran in September shortly after Tehran was accused by Donald Trump’s administration of carrying out attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities.
Two officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity told Reuters the operation took place in late September and was timed to affect Tehran’s ability to spread what they called propaganda.
One of the officials said the strike affected physical hardware, but did not provide further details.
The attack highlights how Mr Trump’s administration has been trying to counter what it sees as Iranian aggression without spiralling into a broader conflict.
Asked about Reuters reporting on Wednesday, Iran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said: “They must have dreamt it,” Fars news agency reported.
The US strike appears more limited than other such operations against Iran this year after the downing of an American drone in June and an alleged attack by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf in May.
The United States, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and Germany have publicly blamed the Sept. 14 attack on Iran, which denied involvement in the strike. The Iran-aligned Houthi militant group in Yemen claimed responsibility.
Publicly, the Pentagon has responded by sending thousands of additional troops and equipment to bolster Saudi defences - the latest US deployment to the region this year.
The Pentagon declined to comment about the cyber strike.
“As a matter of policy and for operational security, we do not discuss cyberspace operations, intelligence, or planning,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Elissa Smith.
The impact of the attack, if any, could take months to determine, but cyber strikes are seen as a less-provocative option below the threshold of war.
Tensions in the Persian Gulf have escalated sharply since May 2018, when Mr Trump withdrew from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Tehran — otherwise known as the Iran Nuclear Deal — that put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the easing of sanctions.
It was unclear whether there have been other US cyber attacks since the one in late September.
Reuters contributed to this report
--- ---

Read more from Source »

Related articles based on keyword density
'Nothing left' if Iran hit Saudi facility: FM Zarif ... 23/09/2019 Politics
War of words over Saudi oil attacks with the US continues as Iranian leaders arrive for the UN General Assembly. 23 Sep 2019 18:01 GMT Tensions in the...View Details»

Media Scam? Iran and America Join Hands in Waging “The Global War on T... 01/07/2014 Politics
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky Global Research, June 21, 2014 Following the incursion of jihadist rebels of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (IS...View Details»

Is Europe shifting towards the US on Iran? ... 29/09/2019 Politics
EU blames Iran for attacks on Saudi oil facilities, backs US call for talks on nuclear and regional security issues. by Maysam Behravesh The September...View Details»

Top Iranian legislator calls for Iran-US talks 'to end tensions' ... 18/05/2019 Politics
Hashmatullah Falahat Pishe appeals for Iran-US dialogue in either Iraq or Qatar to de-escalate Persian Gulf frictions. A senior Iranian legislator ha...View Details»

'Whatever it takes': Iran crackdown killed 1,500... 24/12/2019 Politics
A Reuters special investigation has uncovered that the death toll from last month's protests in Iran is much, much higher than initial estimates from ...View Details»