Chinese and Iranian hackers have been aggressively targeting US businesses and government agencies because of Donald Trump's ongoing conflicts with the two countries, the New York Times has reported. According to the newspaper, dozens of US banks, businesses and government offices have been hit amid a marked increase in cyber attacks. Security experts reportedly believe the US president's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement and his trade war with China are behind the escalation. It follows a report by US intelligence chiefs last month, which warned that China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, the country’s main cyber adversaries, “increasingly use cyber operations to threaten both minds and machines in an expanding number of ways – to steal information, to influence our citizens, or to disrupt critical infrastructure." The report said Iranian-backed hackers are targeting federal government agencies and their officials, mainly … [Read more...] about Chinese and Iranian hackers increase cyber attacks on US
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday accused arch-foe Iran of regularly launching cyber-attacks on Israel that the Jewish state blocks each day. "Iran attacks Israel on a daily basis," he told a cyber conference in Tel Aviv. "We monitor these attacks, we see these attacks and we foil these attacks all the time." The head of Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency is reported to have warned that Israel was bracing for a state-driven cyber intervention in its April 9 general election. "Any country can be attacked today with cyber-attacks and every country needs the combination of a national cyber defence effort and a robust cyber security industry," Netanyahu said. "I think Israel has that... in ways that are in many ways unmatched," he said. Earlier this month, Israel carried out an air strike on what it said were Iranian targets in Syria, after a missile attack from Syria it blamed on Iran. Israel has carried out hundreds of air raids in Syria against what it says are … [Read more...] about Israel blocks Iran cyber-attacks ‘daily’: Netanyahu
“The House today passed the Cyber Deterrence and Response Act of 2018 (H.R. 5576) to address state-sponsored cyber activities against the United States,” the release said. “Specifically, the bipartisan legislation protects our economy, elections, and critical infrastructure from state-sponsored malicious cyber activity by establishing a framework to deter and respond to future cyber attacks against the United States.” © AFP 2018 / PAUL J. RICHARDS US Places 10 Iranians, 1 Entity on Cyber-Related Sanctions List - TreasuryIf signed into law, the measure would require the US president to impose sanctions against any critical cyber threat actor, the release said. In addition, the bill urges the US president to coordinate designations and sanctions with US allies and partners in order to maximize their effectiveness, the release said. The US Secretary of State will lead any … [Read more...] about US House Passes Bill to Sanction States that Sponsor Cyber Attacks
The US mainstream media has long been circulating stories about cyberattacks allegedly committed by Iranian, North Korean, Chinese and Russian hackers. In his recent op-ed for Bloomberg, James Stavridis, a retired US Navy admiral and a former NATO supreme allied commander, Europe (SACEUR), called upon the government to focus on the development of cyber forces. © Flickr / Alejandro Juárez‘Propaganda’? US Stokes Fears of Imminent Iranian Cyber AttacksAccording to Stavridis, the US is "being attacked from cyberspace right now, and that demands an immediate response." However, Lifshits believes that the admiral's alarmist stance is just part of a broader agenda. "One should not forget that there is this US' foreign policy game with its opponents, there is a defense budget, and there is an external enemy, on which the blame is usually pinned for [Washington's] incompetence in the field of cybersecurity. … [Read more...] about Does the Iranian Cyber Army Really Pose an Imminent Threat to US?
"While we have no specific threats, we have seen an increase in chatter related to Iranian threat activity over the past several weeks," Priscilla Moriuchi, director of strategic threat development at Recorded Future, a global real-time cyber threat intelligence company, told Reuters Wednesday. The company has been predicting since May, when the US pulled out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement with Iran and six other nations, that Tehran would respond to renewed American hostility with a cyber attack in the next two to four months, AP reported. © AFP 2018 / ATTA KENARETehran Says 'Impossible' to Halt Iran's Oil Exports, Warns US of Consequences Iran is one of the four main cyber threats identified by US intelligence agencies; the others are Russia, China and North Korea. Norm Roule, former Iran manager for the office of the US Director of National … [Read more...] about ‘Propaganda’? US Stokes Fears of Imminent Iranian Cyber Attacks