A cyber revenge: the Reuters news agency has reported that the USA staged a cyberattack against Iran pursuant to the attacks against the oil facilities in Saudi Arabia last September. Washington and Riyadh named Tehran as the party responsible for the attack, which inflicted substantial damage on Saudi oil supply. The US officials who spoke with the news agency reported that the attack was staged in late September and targeted Tehran's propaganda capabilities.
"One of the officials said the strike affected physical hardware, but did not provide further details. It highlights how President Donald Trump's administration has been trying to counter what it sees as Iranian aggression without spiraling into a broader conflict," the agency reported.
According to the report, the scope of the recent strike "appears more limited than other such operations against Iran this year," for example, "after the downing of an American drone in June and an alleged attack by Iran's Revolutionary Guards on oil tankers in the Gulf in May."
Reuters noted that the Pentagon declined to comment about the report. The agency estimated that "The impact of the attack, if any, could take months to determine."
"You can do damage without killing people or blowing things up; it adds an option to the toolkit that we didn't have before and our willingness to use it is important," said James Lewis, a cyber expert with the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. Lewis added that it may not be possible to deter Iranian aggression even with conventional military strikes.
Reuters reported that Iran has used cyberattacks against the USA "this month." A hacking group that appears linked to the Iranian government tried to infiltrate E-mail accounts related Trump's re-election campaign. In the course of last August and September, the group made more than 2,700 attempts to identify consumer accounts, then attacked 241 of them.