Time to confront the Iranian regime’s cyber army
A depiction of the national flag of Iran in binary code. (Getty Images)
Along with Iran’s military adventurism, the regime’s cyberattacks have become an increasing threat to the stability and security not only of the region, but also the world.The US Department of Justice last week launched criminal charges against two Iranians over a cyber-based campaign seeking to influence the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. According to the department, Seyyed Mohammad Hossein Musa Kazemi, 24, and Sajjad Kashian, 27, gained access to confidential US voter files and then “sent threatening email messages to intimidate voters.”The two men are also said to have created and disseminated a disinformation video on purported election infrastructure vulnerabilities and gained access to a US media company’s computer network, which would have allowed them to make false election claims had the FBI and the network failed to act.It is important to point out that this is not an isolated development. The Iranian regime has a history of launching cyberattacks against foreign countries and organizations that it views as rivals. For example, several intelligence agencies and officials in 2017 revealed that a group of Iranian hackers, known as “Cadelle and Chafer,” carried out damaging cyberattacks against Saudi Arabia.At the time, the Saudi government also warned telecommunications firms that a malicious Iranian software program called “Shamoon” had been involved in attacks against at least 15 governmental and nongovernmental networks in the Kingdom.The Tehran regime was also behind a 2012 cyberattack against Saudi Aramco that disabled 30,000 of the oil giant’s computers — more than three-quarters of its total. The strike against Aramco is still viewed as one of the most damaging and costly cybe ..
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