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Iran will transfer the conflict with the United States in the cyber sphere?

Iran will transfer the conflict with the United States in the cyber sphere? 

Tehran was charged with a cyber attack on an oil company in a neighboring country. ZDNet, citing unnamed sources, reports that malware created in Iran hacked the computer network of the Bahraini company Bapco in late December.

 Iran v. USA

According to the report, only a few were affected Bapco computers, and the company managed to neutralize the attack in the early stages. This hacking took place before the surge in relations between Iran and the United States. However, it marks the path that Washington and Tehran can choose as an alternative to conventional warfare.

The US is already on high alert for cyber attacks coming from Iran after the assassination of General Kassem Suleimani. Just a day after the death of the general, a group claiming to have ties to Iran hacked into the US Federal Depository Library Program. Although the group’s relationship with Tehran is not at all obvious, the threat, according to cybersecurity experts and government officials, is real .

Iran has a real opportunity to inflict US cyber damage

Iran has a significant track record in cyber attacks, including for purposes such as JP Morgan, Bank of America and Wells Fargo. Between 2011 and 2013, several Iranian hackers tried to break into the networks of these banks. Since then, according to cyber experts, Iran’s capabilities have only increased.

It is curious that the United States is a supporter of such a cyber war. Experts believe that the capabilities of US intelligence in this area are much higher than Iranian. For example, last year, according to The New York Times, American experts hacked into the computer systems of an Iranian paramilitary group that reportedly planned attacks on oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz.

It is worth noting that Iran did not respond to this cyber attack. Perhaps Tehran understood that its specialists were not yet qualified enough to carry out a similar hack. However, this is not enough for US computer security experts to relax.

It is very likely that Iran now has the opportunity to hit US critical infrastructure or another top-level target. Just this week, one of the cyber security firms said it had detected an attack on US energy companies and tracked it down to an Iranian hacker group.

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