U.S. launches cyber strike on Iranian missile systems

On Thursday, the U.S. carried out a cyberattack on Iran’s weapons systems in retaliation for attacks on tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and the destruction of a U.S. drone.

attacks on tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and the destruction of a U.S. drone.

According to the Washington Post, the cyber attack neutralized the computer control systems of Iranian missile launchers.

The U.S. carried out the cyberattack in retaliation for attacks on tankers in the Strait of Hormuz and the destruction of a U.S. drone, the New York Times reported.

There has been no independent confirmation of damage to Iranian systems so far.

What is the outcome of American cyberattacks?

According to U.S. sources, these cyberattacks were planned for several weeks.
They targeted missile batteries used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). It is believed that their fire was shot down by a U.S. reconnaissance drone last Thursday.

On Saturday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned that Iran would step up its own cyberattacks against America.

Christopher Krebs, director of the U.S. cybersecurity agency, said that the threat from Iran was recorded against U.S. government agencies and economic facilities.

According to him, Iranian intelligence services use various methods of cyberwarfare, trying to take control of computer networks in the United States.

New sanctions

The U.S. is preparing to impose serious additional sanctions on Iran to hinder the development of its nuclear program, President Donald Trump said On Friday.

“We are imposing additional sanctions. In some cases, we act quickly,” he said. Trump did not say what the new sanctions were.

“If Iran wants to be a rich country, then I don’t mind. But this will not happen if they continue to try to obtain nuclear weapons in five or six years,” the American president added.

Iranian leaders regarding the country's nuclear program

“Let’s make Iran great again,” Trump concluded.

The President linked the new sanctions to the decisions of Iranian leaders regarding the country’s nuclear program. On June 17, Tehran announced that it would exceed the limit on the amount of enriched uranium it is allowed to store under the 2015 international agreement

This happened against the background of growing tensions between the countries. Four days earlier, the U.S. had accused Iran of attacking two tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Tehran denies the charges.

Last Thursday, iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization, announced the downing of a U.S. drone. The U.S. later confirmed the loss of the R-4 Global Hawk.

The next day, the New York Times, citing White House sources, wrote that Trump had ordered the military to begin preparations for missile and airstrikes against Iranian targets after the loss of a drone, but changed his mind at the last minute.

On Sunday, Trump said he had been misunderstood. “I did not cancel the strike on Iran, but only postponed it,” the US President wrote on Twitter.