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Iran-backed hackers infiltrated Navy computers – US officials

11_siUS officials have accused Iran of recently hacking unclassified Navy computers. If the allegations prove true, the incident would be one of the most serious cyberintrusions of American computer systems by the Islamic Republic.

The officials said hackers working for the Iranian government or  a proxy group with approval from Iranian leaders are responsible  for penetrating the unclassified Navy computer network.
US officials said they do not believe information of significant  value was lifted, though the potency of such a cyberattack that  accessed military data set off alarms at the Pentagon, the Wall  Street Journal reported.
Iran’s cyber abilities have increased gradually, gaining further  recognition from the US military, according to anonymous  officials.
“Their ability to also play in this [cyber] sandbox compounds  that concern,” a US official said.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of  Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey were briefed on the infiltration and  how the Pentagon is boosting its network strength. Congress has  also been briefed on the hack, officials said.
Previous Iran-backed hacks and surveillance efforts have gone  after US banks and energy industry computer networks.
The allegations occur as the US and Iranian governments have  increased negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. US President  Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani spoke on Friday, after both leaders delivered  speeches this week before the United Nations General Assembly in  New York.
Iranian officials did not return requests for comment, the WSJ  reported.
The US led a cyberattack — dubbed ‘Olympic Games’   —  on Iranian uranium enrichment facilities during the Bush  and the Obama administrations, the New York Times reported last  July. The program included a collaboration with Israeli hackers  to develop the Stuxnet computer worm, which was used to infect  Iranian computer networks and damage hundreds of centrifuges at  the Natanz enrichment facility.

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Source:RT.com

 

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