The Iranian military has conducted a wave of cyber attacks against members of the Obama administration, the Wall Street Journal has learned.
The attacks were aimed at members of the State Department’s Office of Iranian Affairs and its Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Also hit were journalists and academics that worked on Iran issues with the government.
The attacks seem connected to the arrest in Tehran of duel-citizen and businessman Siamak Namazi who was pushing for closer ties between the U.S. and Iran.
This arrest is complicating an already strained relationship between the two nations following a very controversial nuclear deal.
From the Hill:
The Iranian military has conducted a wave of cyberattacks on Obama administration officials in recent weeks, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The attacks are believed to be connected to the arrest of an Iranian-American businessman who pushed for stronger ties between the two countries, U.S. officials told the Journal.
The attacks targeted officials in the State Department’s Office of Iranian Affairs and its Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, as well as journalists and academics.
“U.S. officials were among many who were targeted by recent cyberattacks,” an administration official said. “U.S. officials believe some of the more recent attacks may be linked to reports of detained dual citizens and others.”
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