Mr Donald Trump, the President of the USA, pulls a threat on Iran. He said, “If Iran attempts to attack Americans in retaliation of Qassem Soleimani’s death, then America will surely launch a strike against several Iranians which are on their target.”
President Trump gave this statement in response to comments coming from Iranian officials. Iran was threatening America to stay prepared for a crushing reply. The strike at Baghdad airport, on Friday, was an ‘act of war’ according to them.
Just after an hour of Trump’s threat Iranian hackers access and defaced the US government website. The website was operated by the federal depository library program (FDLP).
On Saturday night US officials fail to reach their site. On opening the website, they were shown a blank, black page with threatening messages. The hackers introduce themselves as the members of ‘Iran Cyber Security Group’. They further said this act is just a sneak peek of their cyber abilities. There was also an edited picture displaying on the site which depicts President Trump with a bleeding mouth and being hit by a fist. The graphic also contains a statement which says “The late Qassem Soleimani was the result of their years of efforts.” It further reads” With the blessings of God, after his departure, his work and path will not cease. Those who have his blood on their hands will be served by crushing revenge. “
The hackers, after breaching the website, change the web title to ‘Iranian hackers’. They posted messages of vowing revenge in response to strike against their military leader Qassem Soleimani. They also display the pictures of their supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei and their country’s flag.
‘Bigways’, a British company website was also struck during the cyber attack. Other nongovernmental and obscure websites were also hacked on Saturday.
When it comes to Iran state-backed hackers, then they are already on top in the world. Injecting malware in important and confidential sites of USA is not a big game for them. It can cause severe disruption to the private and government sectors of America. Security experts have given America the alert to remain more vigilant.
If we look back to the history of two nations, the conditions were similar before the nuclear deal between the two countries. To reply to the US sanctions, in 2012 and 2013, the Iranian state-backed hackers knocked offline many of the significant websites of US banks. NASDAQ, Bank of America, and the New York Stock Exchange website was also affected by their denial-of-service attempts. In 2015, the hackers wiped the servers and crippled the gambling operations at Sand Casinos in Las Vegas.
John Hultquist, the intelligence analysis director at FireEye, predicted that the conditions are going to be same as they were before the nuclear agreement. He further shows a possibility that Iranians may have plotted the destructive payloads in US infrastructure, which they can trigger now in retaliation.