The U.S. military warned American government officials on Monday that Iran is conducting a cyber campaign aimed at disrupting U.S. energy, critical industries and infrastructure sectors.
As the Washington Post’s Philip Rucker and Kenneth Gormley reported, the warning was issued by Brig. Gen. David McKeeby, who is commander of the U.S. Army’s Cyber Command, in a memo to senior Army officials. He also wrote in the memo that Iran has targeted numerous U.S. companies and government agencies in a series of cyber attacks.
The Washington Post has a deeper look at the report. They reported:
Iran’s cyber and hacking capabilities are subject to a variety of layers of scrutiny in Iran and the U.S., according to officials. But the extent of Iran’s offense against the United States is not well-known in Washington. The disclosure also comes at a time when the administration of President Trump appears focused on finding ways to deflect criticism of the digital capabilities that intelligence agencies, defense officials and private sector companies say allow Russia, China and Iran to intrude into the U.S.’s critical infrastructure in a concerted effort to disrupt politics and economic sectors.
President Trump’s national security team announced in November that it would launch a wide-ranging review of all aspects of the nation’s cyber capabilities. Some of the latest reports allege that Russian operatives worked in tandem with hackers in Iran to steal millions of emails and pay for luxury vacations.
President Trump has drawn strong criticism for threatening diplomacy with North Korea but repeatedly and publicly downplaying cyber attacks. During a speech at a Pentagon cyber conference this past November, Trump, without naming Russia, said that “enemy powers” are changing the political environment by hacking, which he said amounted to “an act of war.” He offered no further details.