US Carried Out ‘Secret Cyber Strike’ on Iran in Wake of Yemeni Resistance’s Aramco Op - Report
By Staff, Reuters
A report by Reuters alleged that the United States carried out a secret cyber-attack against Iran in the wake of the Sept. 14 operation against on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil facilities, which Washington and Riyadh claim Tehran was behind it, two US officials told Reuters.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the officials claimed that an attack took place in late September and took aim at Tehran’s ability to spread what they referred to as “propaganda.”
One of them alleged that the attack affected physical hardware, but did not provide further details.
The news highlights how US President Donald Trump’s administration has been trying to counter what it claims as Iranian aggression without spiraling into a broader conflict.
If true, the cyber-attack, however, appears more limited than other similar ones against Iran this year after the downing of an intruding American drone in June.
The United States, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and Germany have publicly blamed the Aramco operation on Iran, which denied involvement in the strike, although Yemen’s Ansarullah revolutionary movement in Yemen claimed responsibility.
Publicly, the Pentagon has responded by sending thousands of additional troops and equipment to bolster Saudi defenses - the latest US deployment to the region this year. However, it declined to comment about the cyber-attack.
“As a matter of policy and for operational security, we do not discuss cyberspace operations, intelligence, or planning,” said Pentagon spokeswoman Elissa Smith.
The impact of the attack, if any, could take months to determine, but cyber strikes are seen as a less-provocative option below the threshold of war.