CrowdStrike and FireEye: Iran-backed hackers are increasing cyber attacks against US: especially government and critical infrastructures, as oil and gas companies
Iran-backed hackers are increasing cyber attacks against US: especially government and critical infrastructures, as oil and gas companies. It has been discovered by CrowdStrike and FireEye cyber security firms. The state-sponsored hackers sent waves of spear-phishing emails, armed with malware. The aim should be cyber espionage, but sabotage is not excluded. Moreover, one of them appeared to come from the Executive Office of the President and to be trying to recruit people for an economic adviser position. Another one was more generic and appeared to include details on updating Microsoft Outlook’s global address book. According to the Daily Mail, the NSA said in a statement: “There have been serious issues with malicious Iranian cyber actions in the past. In these times of heightened tensions, it is appropriate for everyone to be alert to signs of Iranian aggression in cyberspace and ensure appropriate defenses are in place”.
The cyber security community: it’s highly probable that very soon there will be a new cyber warfare offensive by Tehran on US targets. Will this lead to a cyber war between the two countries
The Iran-backed operations, moreover, happened before the US CYBERCOM cyber attacks on Tehran’s targets, in retaliation following the downing of an American drone and after president Donald Trump reconsidered at the last minute strikes against three sites in the region. So, according to the cyber security community, it’s highly probable that very soon there will be a new cyber warfare offensive by the Islamic Republic on US targets, leveraging every tool to reach the goal. This back-and-forth could led to a real war, fought on the fifth domain (the cyberspace), and with uncertain outcomes. A single cyber attack, in fact, can cause serious damages to a specific target, with few risks of side effects. But a prolonged offensive is different. Soon or late, it would affect also others and could propagate really fast becoming uncontrollable.