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US carried out cyberattacks on Iran: reports

 International Desk

 Published: 11:12 AM, 27 June 2019   Updated: 11:13 AM, 27 June 2019

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The United States Cyber Command conducted a cyber strike against Iranian computer networks used to control missile launches, amid escalating tensions between the two countries, US media reported. 

US President Donald Trump ordered the Cyber Command to launch the digital strikes targeting multiple computer systems including those believed to have been used by an Iranian intelligence group that helped plan the tanker attacks.

The intrusion occurred the same day Trump called off a strike on Iranian targets like radar and missile batteries. But the online operation was allowed to go forward because it was intended to be below the threshold of armed conflict - using the same shadow tactics that Iran has deployed.

The online attacks, which had been planned for several weeks, were ultimately meant to be a direct response to both the tanker attacks this month and the downing of an American drone this week. 

Washington said the unmanned drone was in international airspace. However, Tehran said it was in its airspace. 

Determining the effectiveness of a cyberattack on the missile launch system is particularly difficult. Its effectiveness could be judged only if Iran tried to fire a missile and the launch failed.

"This operation imposes costs on the growing Iranian cyberthreat, but also serves to defend the United States Navy and shipping operations in the Strait of Hormuz," Thomas Bossert, a former senior White House cyber official in the Trump administration, told the Post.

"Our US military has long known that we could sink every IRGC vessel in the strait within 24 hours if necessary," Bossert told the Post. "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."

Referring to the Iranians, an anonymous source told the paper that "this is not something they can put back together so easily."