Last week, The New York Times reported that the US cyber command is finally moving towards an offensive posture. As we all know that Cyber warfare and cyber espionage aren’t new things in the town, but moves in these two areas have grabbed headlines this week.
This all started when the US president signed an Okay sign for this entire program, the Pentagon this last week launched cyber strikes that took down Iranian computer networks and this program was to control missile launches in their computers according to a statement in The Washington Post. The news comes in to notice after when Iran shot down a US surveillance drone that was disobeying the rules of Iranian airspace. In return to the drone attack, the president had Trump immediately called off airstrikes in opposition to Iran.
However, according to Thomas Bossert, a former senior White House cyber official in the Trump administration told that- “This operation imposes costs on the growing Iranian cyber threat, but also serves to defend the United States Navy and shipping operations in the Strait of Hormuz,” he said.
Bossert also added that – “Our US military has long known that we could sink every IRGC vessel in the strait within 24 hours if necessary,”. “And this is the modern version of what the US Navy has to do to defend itself at sea and keep international shipping lanes free.”He further added.
While this wasn’t an instant response to Iran’s drone attack but it somewhere shows how the use of Cyberattacks has become a major fraction of the general political approach. These strategies are not used to achieve long-term goals as it can only spoil the conditions. These Cyber Command attacks are coming into play for short-term actions that could put immediate threats and apply political pressure but nothing else.
The Main Reason Behind this Cyberattack
Well, The United States last week launched cyber attacks that are not in favor of Iranian missile control systems and a spy network. The US government has done all this after Tehran downed an American surveillance drone, according to the US media reports.
To response back to this attack, the US President Donald Trump immediately ordered a retaliatory military strike in opposition to Iran after the drone shootdown but then soon called it off. As he knows that the response of this attack wouldn’t be fair and as an alternative pledged fresh sanctions on the country.
For now, several things are not revealed by the Iran government; neither the number of Cyberattacks that happened this week time and nor about their efficiency to cope with these attacks is fully known so far, but it’s probable that there could be more such clashes to come soon. According to the latest reports by Wall Street Journal Iran had already started stepping up its hacking efforts on US targets.
Regardless of the undeniable reality, Iran doesn’t respond to the cyber attacks, it looks like things are going to proceed further. For more updates, you can stay connected with us.