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Report: U.S. cyber targets included Iran-backed militia

Anti-U.S. mural in Terhan.
An anti-U.S. mural in Terhan. Photo: Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images

The United States attempted to use a cyber attack to disable the communications networks of the Iran-sponsored militia Kata'ib Hezbollah last week as part of the U.S. response to Iran's downing of a drone, reports CNN.

The big picture: While it had already been reported that the U.S. launched cyber attacks against several Iranian targets, Kata'ib Hezbollah was not yet a known target.

Details: Kata'ib Hezbollah is a Shia militia with a presence in Syria, Iraq and Iran that the U.S. has characterized as a terrorist group.

  • CNN did not report whether the attack was successful.

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