U.S. hits Iran with cyberattack following Saudi oil bombings
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
Why it matters, per Axios' Joe Uchill: This is the second publicly revealed round of cyberattacks in response to real world attacks, after U.S. Cyber Command targeted Iran following the downing of a U.S. drone in July. The U.S. and many of its allies have blamed Iran for the Saudi oil attacks, but Iran has vigorously denied the allegations.
What they're saying:
- One official said the strike hit physical hardware, per Reuters.
- Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi, Iran's minister of communications and information technology, denies the attack happened, telling Fars news agency: "They must have dreamt it."
The big picture: The U.S. strike "appears more limited" than other operations against Iran, per Reuters.
- Iran has also engaged in cyberattacks. Earlier this month, an Iranian hacking group attempted to gain entry into email accounts associated with President Trump's reelection campaign.