id=”article-body” class=”row” section=”article-body”Increasing tensions between the US and Iran have led experts to warn of Iran’s ability to carry out cyberattacks.
Getty Images Military strikes starting in late December in Baghdad have led to protests in Iraq, and escalated tensions between Iran and the US. They’ve also led cybersecurity experts to warn Iran could choose a cyberattack to retaliate against the US.
The situation intensified when the US bombed several sites in response to a rocket attack that killed an American civilian contractor at an Iraqi military base. The US strikes killed 25 members of a militia and prompted a storming of the US embassy compound in Baghdad. The tension increased on Thursday, when a US airstrike on Baghdad’s main airport killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Iran’s government has vowed to strike back.
What Iran’s next move will look like is anyone’s guess. Experts on the region have cautioned cyberattacks are one potential option, pointing to previous online efforts by Iran. Government hackers have hit a wide range of targets, including a small municipal dam and Las Vegas Sands Corp., run by conservative mogul Sheldon Adelson, according to the US government. Cyberattacks typically are military-led operations designed to cause damage to infrastructure, finances and morale.
People in charge of cybersecurity of essential systems, such as the electrical grid, financial networks, and internet and phone infrastructure, should already be prepared for serious cyberattacks, says Rosa Smothers, 우리카지노계열 a former CIA technical intelligence officer who now works for cybersecurity training firm KnowBe4. “Critical infrastructure must remain vigilant,” Smothers said.
On Saturday, vandals hacked into a website run by the US Government Publishing Office and posted an image in support of Iran. The US Critical Infrastructure and Security Agency, known as CISA, 우리카지노 said hackers were able to take advantage of a …