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A new report prepared by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) is creating a new wave of concerns about Iran’s growing offensive cyber capabilities, which independent experts acknowledge pose a significant threat to critical infrastructure and the defense industry in the US and other Western countries. This according to HS Today.
“Alongside its defensive cyber system, the regime has also established an offensive cyber system, which includes organized hacker groups as part of the Basij, as well as independent groups, working in concert with the regime,” stated the report by Y. Mansharof, a research fellow at MEMRI. “This system has been behind a series of cyberattacks on websites and infrastructure outside Iran in recent years, including against the NASA website.”
According to the report, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) claims that Tehran has developed cyber capabilities that enable it to penetrate the advanced military infrastructure of the U.S. and other Western countries. In fact, in a February 4, 2013 article that appeared in the IRGC weekly, Sobh-e Sadeq, the regime boasted that “Iran can hack into military computers of enemy countries, and crack passwords for aircraft and missile guidance, and even for ship-to-ship communications systems.”