Jan 15, 2020 - World

Democrats seek answers on Iran cyber threats

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House Democratic leaders pressed the Trump administration Wednesday on how it is preparing telecom companies for possible cyberattacks from Iran after the killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani.

Why it matters: Iranian hackers have been known to attack U.S. businesses, and fears that they could turn their attention to key U.S. infrastructure — including communications networks — spiked following Soleimani's death in an American airstrike.

Driving the news: House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone and communications subcommittee chairman Mike Doyle want to know the steps the administration is taking to ensure telecommunications providers are prepared for possible cyber attacks.

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