A US cyberattack launched against Iran in late June in response to the downing of a US Navy drone successfully disrupted its abilities to attack oil tankers, according to a new report.
The cyberattack “wiped out a critical database” used by Tehran to plan such attacks.
A cybersecurity expert at Marine Corps University told Insider that the reported attack would not necessarily have been a proportional response to the downing of the drone, and was actually “deescalatory” in the sense it was “a step taken to give us options outside of war.”
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The US launched a cyberattack against Iran in late June that successfully disrupted the ability of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to attack oil tankers, according to a New York Times report based on discussions with senior American officials.
The cyberstrike reportedly came the same day President Donald Trump called off military strikes last minute in retaliation for Iran’s downing of a US drone. Trump said the strikes would not have been proportionate to the downing of an unmanned aircraft.
Trump had said a cyberoperation was underway, but the New York Times report on Wednesday expanded on the impact of the attack as well as the Trump administration’s motives.
The cyberattack “wiped out a critical database” used by the IRGC — a paramilitary force that operates separately from Iran’s conventional military — to plan attacks on oil tankers, according to the report. The attack also hurt Tehran’s ability to target shipping traffic in the Persian Gulf. The database helped Iran “choose which tankers to target and where,” according to the Times.
The Trump administration blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers in the region in recent months amid heightened tensions linked to Tehran’s nuclear program — and Trump’s decision to withdraw …read more
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