A US government security agency has ratcheted up tension with Iran by warning that escalating state-sponsored attacks could turn destructive.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) director, Christopher Krebs, said in a statement dated Saturday that Iranian “regime actors and proxies” had ramped up malicious cyber-activity against US government agencies and industries of late.
“We will continue to work with our intelligence community and cybersecurity partners to monitor Iranian cyber activity, share information, and take steps to keep America and our allies safe,” he continued.
“Iranian regime actors and proxies are increasingly using destructive ‘wiper’ attacks, looking to do much more than just steal data and money. These efforts are often enabled through common tactics like spear phishing, password spraying, and credential stuffing. What might start as an account compromise, where you think you might just lose data, can quickly become a situation where you’ve lost your whole network.”
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