U.S. Cyber Command
Iranian computer experts have identified the nationality of those who sought to hack the country's oil ministry computers in April, police officials announced on Saturday, adding that the hackers were traced to the US.(FNA)
2 American IPs were identified in the (cyber) attack against the oil ministry," Head of Information Production and Exchange Department of the Law Enforcement Police General Seyed Kamal Hadianfar told reporters on Saturday.
Iran is the latest country to be afraid of in the cyber realm, according to statements and testimony during an April 26 joint hearing of House Homeland Security subcommittees that focused on Iran's perceived intentions rather than aptitude.
A former Israeli spymaster has branded the country's leaders unfit to tackle the Iranian nuclear program because of what he called the "messianic feelings" behind their threats to launch a pre-emptive war on Iran.
Other veterans have come out against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak recently, but the criticism from former domestic intelligence chief Yuval Diskin was especially strong.
The US wants Russia to deliver a message to Iran: Tehran has one last chance for talks. If it is wasted, an attack will happen in a matter of months, according to Russian diplomatic sources.
The threat was voiced by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a meeting with her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in New York on Monday, a diplomatic insider told Kommersant daily.
Launching the International Institute for Strategic Studies' latest Military Balance book on 7 March 2012, IISS CEO John Chipman explains why he believes Israel has been persuaded not to launch an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities this year, after a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama.
To guard against the nation's increasing vulnerability to cyber attack, Senate leaders introduced bipartisan legislation to secure the cyber systems of the essential services that keep our nation running.
The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 envisions a public-private partnership to secure those systems which if commandeered or destroyed by a cyber attack could cause mass deaths, evacuations, disruptions to life-sustaining services, or catastrophic damage to the economy or national security.
U.S.. will have to respond if Tehran attempts to close Strait of Hormuz.
Oil-rich and with a population of 67 million spread over an area the size of Alaska, Iran aspires to be an atomic power and the leader of the Islamic world, a goal that Washington and Israel have promised to block with force if necessary.
Washington and Tel-Aviv have told Iran that it cannot cross two red lines. First, if Tehran closes the Strait of Hormuz, through which 20 percent of the world’s oil flows, we will use our military to keep the sea lanes open.