Iran has been a hot topic right before the impeachment announcement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The media has drowned out much of what is happening in the world to cover Democratic topics of interest. Reporters have given actual news that while all the hoorah was happening, the U.S. did actually put an attack on Iran after Iran attacked the Saudi Arabia oil facilities. This is something that occurred in September, and here we are in the middle of October finding out now. It is confirmed by two U.S. officials that the U.S. carried out a secret cyberattack on Iran in immediate retaliation. Way to go news media!
With the sanctions baring down on the Iranian government, crippling their economy, the cyber attack was set to take down Tehran’s ability to share “propaganda.” It was meant to shut down the physical hardware of Iran’s technology. While every critic in town was putting down the president for not doing something about the attacks, President Donald Trump had already ordered the attack. The operation was completed and called it a success right before “Nervous” Nancy Pelosi made her hate-filled speech opening up impeachment inquiries.
The attack was subtle to avoid an all-out war with Iran. President Trump does not want to see our soldiers or anyone killed. He is willing to do whatever it takes to prevent wars like the previous presidents got us involved. Iran denies the cyberattacks, but that is because if they admit it, it brings the realization of how weak they really are. Iran’s Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said, “They must have dreamt it.” Iran has also denied the attacks on the Saudi Arabia oil facilities and said it was the Houthi militant group in Yemen who claimed they were responsible.
The news media also failed to cover the thousands of troops sent to Saudi Arabia to assist in the defenses against Iran. If they announced it, it was quick and low key. The Pentagon would not go into detail about the cyberattacks. Elissa Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman, stated, “As a matter of policy and for operational security, we do not discuss cyberspace operations, intelligence, or planning.”
Computer experts say it could take months before the full impact from the cyberattacks can be felt, but rest assured, it did its job. James Lewis, a cyber expert from the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies, stated, “You can do damage without killing people or blowing things up; it adds an option to the toolkit that we didn’t have before and our willingness to use it is important. It may not be possible to deter Iranian behavior with even conventional military strikes.”
Sources cannot come up with information if there have been any more U.S. cyberattacks on Iran since the operation in September. To release information right after is placing a threat on our nation, but in due time there will be an announcement if more attacks have taken place. If the media would step it up, this time, it won’t be as long as a month later before the public finds out something.
Iran has also done its share of cyberattacks on the U.S. as well. This month, they hacked into email accounts, which deals with the Trump re-election campaign. Within the last 30 days, a group known as “Phosphorous” attempted to identify over 2,700 Microsoft accounts and hacked into 241 customer accounts. Tehran is also a significant player in this scheme. There are over 70 websites that lead back to Iran as they push their propaganda to 15 nations. Operations from social media firms, cybersecurity experts, and journalists are beginning to unveil.
Tensions have flared back and forth with the U.S. and Iran. Most, as mentioned, was not covered in the news, or it was skimmed over to cover the impeachment and the Democratic Debates. Tehran reported an Iranian tanker was struck by rockets last week in the Red Sea. They are warning there will be consequences for those types of actions. There is not much they can do other than threats since the sanctions have crippled their economy and country. Reuters reported, “On Monday, President Hassan Rouhani reiterated his country’s policy toward the Trump administration, ruling out bilateral talks unless Washington returns to the landmark nuclear deal and lifts crippling U.S. economic sanctions.” It is safe to say, the U.S. will never agree to allow Iran to continue with nuclear arms. They may as well give it up.