As reported by Sky News, a US government-operated website has been hacked by a group claiming to be acting in retaliation for the killing of Iran’s top general. Those who clicked on the American Federal Depository Library Programme (FDLP) site on Saturday night were faced with a black page claiming to be from the Islamic Republic of Iran. It showed a picture of President Donald Trump being hit in the face by a fist with blood dripping from his mouth. Underneath it said “Hacked by Iran Cyber Security Group Hackers” with a claim that the attack was “only a small part” of their ability.
Jake Moore, Cybersecurity Specialist at ESET:
“The threat of cyber warfare is sometimes more powerful than the actual destruction, meaning state actors and cyber criminals will always have the upper hand as we never really know what is possible. All we have to go on in the cyber security industry is what has previously occurred. The threat of the unknown can be so great that it impacts on aspects such as share prices without anything even occurring.
Cyber political tensions are always hotly monitored and for good reason as a threat to the power grid or waterworks would be catastrophic. But the more likely attacks point more heavily towards a mass encryption of data, such as a ransomware attack, which can equally bring everything to a standstill.”