Pentagon cyberwarfare analysts are now raising concern that the U.S. could be targetted by a new wave of Iranian cyber attacks after Donald Trump decided to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear agreement.
According to The New York Times, researchers at security firm Crowdstrike cited a notable” shift in Iranian cyberactivity just 24 hours after Trump’s announcement.
“With the nuclear deal ripped up, our nation and our allies should be prepared for what we’ve seen in the past,” former National Security Agency (NSA) Director Gen. Keith Alexander told the Times.
According to Matt Olsen, the NSA’s former general counsel, Iran’s cyber capabilities have increased faster than anticipated and could be aimed at U.S. targets in the near future.
“[Iran] is now among our most sophisticated nation-state adversaries,” Olsen told the Times. “We can anticipate those capabilities could well be turned against the U.S.”
According to more than a dozen sources that spoke with the Times, Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal will cause a new wave of more sophisticated cyber attacks.
“Given the history of Iranian cyberactivity in response to geopolitical issues, the American energy sector has every reason to expect some type of response from Iran,” Olsen said.
“We’re probably one of the most automated technology countries in the world,” Alexander added. “We are an innovation nation and our technology is at the forefront of that innovation. We could have a very good offense, but so do they. And unfortunately, we have more to lose.”
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