US launched cyber attack on Iranian rockets and missiles – reports

Associated Press – June 23, 2019

IRGC commanders at the recent unvieling of the Khordad 15, the Iranian missile system that shot down the U.S. Global Hawk. Click to enlarge

The US military launched a cyber-attack on Iranian weapons systems on Thursday, according to sources, as President Donald Trump backed away from plans for a more conventional strike in response to Iran’s downing of a US surveillance drone.

The hack disabled Iranian computer systems that controlled its rocket and missile launchers, two officials told the Associated Press, and were conducted with approval from Trump. A third official confirmed the broad outlines of the strike. All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak publicly about the operation.

Two of the officials said the attacks, which specifically targeted computer systems of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), had been provided as options after two oil tankers were bombed. The IRGC has been designated a foreign terrorist group by the Trump administration.

Over the past year US officials have focused on persistently engaging with adversaries in cyberspace and undertaking more offensive operations.

Tensions with Iran have escalated since the US withdrew last year from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and began a policy of “maximum pressure”. Iran has since been hit by multiple rounds of sanctions.

Tensions spiked this past week after Iran shot down an unmanned US drone – an incident that nearly led to a conventional US military strike against Iran on Thursday evening.

The cyberattacks are the latest chapter in the US and Iran’s ongoing hacking of each other.

In recent weeks hackers believed to be working for the Iranian government have targeted US government agencies, as well as sectors of the economy including finance, oil and gas, sending waves of spear-phishing emails, according to representatives of cybersecurity companies CrowdStrike and FireEye, which track such activity. This new campaign appears to have started shortly after the Trump administration imposed sanctions on the Iranian petrochemical sector this month.

It was not known if any of the hackers managed to gain access to the targeted networks.

“Both sides are desperate to know what the other side is thinking,” said John Hultquist, director of intelligence analysis at FireEye. “You can absolutely expect the regime to be leveraging every tool they have available to reduce the uncertainty about what’s going to happen next, about what the US’s next move will be.”

The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement released on Saturday that its agency tasked with infrastructure security has been aware of a recent rise in malicious cyber activities directed at US government agencies by Iranian regime actors and proxies.

The National Security Agency would not discuss Iranian cyber actions specifically, but said in a statement to the AP on Friday that “there have been serious issues with malicious Iranian cyber actions in the past”.

“In these times of heightened tensions, it is appropriate for everyone to be alert to signs of Iranian aggression in cyberspace and ensure appropriate defences are in place.”

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7 responses to “US launched cyber attack on Iranian rockets and missiles – reports”

  1. (DISASSOCIATED PRESS) – US terrorists launched an illegal cyber-attack on Iranian weapons systems on Thursday, according to horses, as President Horseshit backed away from plans for a more conventional terror strike.

    The terrorist hack-attack allegedly disabled Iranian computer systems that controlled its
    rocket and missile launchers, two official liars told the Disassociated Press, and were conducted with approval from President Huff & Puff. A third nebulous “official” confirmed the broad outlines of the terrorist attack. All spoke on condition of ignonymity because they were not authorized to sneak publicly about the illegal operation.

    Two of the shady officials said the attacks, which specifically targeted computer systems of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), had been provided as options after two oil tankers were bombed by the US terrorist proxies who blamed it on Iran. The IRGC has been designated a foreign terrorist group by the biggest terrorist organisation in the world: the US “government”.

    Over the past year, US terrorists have focused on persistently harassing adversaries in cyberspace and undertaking more offensive operations. One might remember the STUXNET Virus, for example.

    Tensions with Iran have escalated since the untrustworthy US illegally withdrew last year from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and began a policy of “maximum bullshit”. Iran has since been hit by multiple rounds of illegal and unwarranted bullshit sanctions which are acts of war.

    Under such circumstances, any preemptive attack by Iran on the US terrorists would be completely justified and legal according to the Genava Convention on such matters.

    Tensions spiked this past week after Iran shot down an unmanned US drone IN IRANIAN TERRITORY – an incident that nearly led to a conventional US terror attack against Iran on Thursday evening.

    The cyber attacks are the latest chapter in the US TERROR CAMPAIGN against Iran.

    The National Senility Agency would not discuss Iranian cyber actions specifically, because no official liar had come up with a quasi-believable story yet.

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  2. The US Propaganda Flows Think And Fast

    So lets put things in context as far as the US perspective is concerned.

    In recent years the US has been bragging about its latest and greatest fighter plane, the F-35, also known to the rest of the world as The Flying Coffin. The jet fighter that is all show and no go, where it has been detected on ordinary radars in air traffic controls of airports, and as incredible as it sounds the F-35 plane needs corrective glasses, yeah you read that right, the same thing you get for you child when they are having reading issues, all because it can’t shoot straight! For a brief, and I mean BRIEF discussion on the F-35 and its problems, read it here.

    Then you have the US Navy, it too specializes now in coffins, enter The Fly Coffins’ cousin, The Floating Coffin, aka The Zumwalt. The only military ship ever built determined to kill its own sailors. The damn thing, can’t shoot, can’t sail properly, and each round it fires costs more than a tomahawk missile. This reminds of the story in the old days, when ammunition and rifles were in short supply, soldiers had to practice with broomsticks and saying, “bang, bang!”; I kid you not! .

    And now, we are supposed to believe this circus, namely the US Military, can hack Iranian defense systems. Bwahahahahaha! Show us the proof! All I have been reading is story after story, of what the US was supposed to have done onto Iran, but there is no proof. This is just another all talk show, with little to show, event. Just another propaganda exercise? Or does the US really believe in its own Science Fiction stories. Ah now, there is a trigger. Science Fiction. We have heard all this before, thank you, Arthur C. Clarke.

    Clarke wrote a brilliant story back in 1951, its a short story, just on this kind of matter, you can read about here, it is a discussion on how over confidence in technology can destroy you, “Superiority”.

    In short, if you put too much into tech. it can bite you on the ass. War and its machines are not about bigger and better weapons, or weapons systems. Its about more RELIABLE weapons and its a numbers game, that is, how many boots on the ground (i.e. soldiers/fighters). That’s why the Russians could defeat Hitler, more soldiers, and also the German superior Panzer tanks got bogged down in the brutal Russian winter, while the Russians were still largely using horses!

    So are we seeing the beginnings of Clarke’s “US Superiority” coming to fruition? Of Course we are! Why do you think countries are starting to by S-400 and soon S-500 missiles systems from the Russians? Ah if your an American, you might now be asking how can I say this, doesn’t the same logic as I just expounded about US Military incompetence in war technology apply to Russia? NO! ….NO!NO!NO!. Why not you ask?

    Because, read this again, but carefully, S-400 and S-500. That means these technologies are based upon tried and tested systems, known as the S-300, S-200 and S-100 missile systems. They, that is the S-400 and S-500 are TRIED AND TESTED. THEY WORK! While things like the F-35 and Zumwalt, are totally new everything. For example the software in the Zumwalt, has nearly 20 million lines of NEW, NEVER BEFORE WRITTEN CODE. Do you know how many bugs are lurking in there! Another example, more famous, the Famous Block-C of the F-35. All written in, excuse me ladies and gentlemen, I am not a religious man, but things like what I am about to say really deserve to have appreciation shown, thank you Lord for what we about to receive, back to the point, as I was about to say, Block-C is written, my fingers are trebling with excitement, C++!!!!!!

    Ok some of you may not understand that C++ reference. Well let me explain quickly, C++ is a modified version of C (more on that latter), using something called Object Oriented programming technique. Basically its about making software code, or more appropriately the individual blocks of code to be able to work with other designed blocks of code in a more easier way to enhance communication and thus inter-connectivity. You may think that is a good thing. Well it is, for many things. But not for one important thing, that is real-time systems, systems that need optimum speed. For you see, this enhanced connectivity in C++, slows things down, what techies know as the pointer table, the thing in all C++ that lists all its interconnections. The damn thing is fairly slow, and even to this day is very difficult to debug even with modern tools. Think about it this way, a list of directions that point to another list of directions that point to another list of directions and so on and so on, and you have to find the one direction in all those lists where it is wrong!

    This is why you shouldn’t program Operating Systems in C++, like Microsoft Windows (blue screen of death anyone? 😉 ). This is why Operating Systems like Linux are far, far superior. Linux is written in C, not C++. The C programming language, and I will confess I am showing bias here, is to my opinion the best computer language ever created for back-end systems development (by that I mean, the closer you are to the real nuts and bolts to the computer). And like exemplified in Clarke’s Superiority, its been around a long time, C was created in the early ’70s along with a operating system known as UNIX, which Linux is based upon. So it is very well understood, for it is old and very reliable tech (like the Russian horses on the Eastern Front during winter). Whereas, C++ didn’t come until much later, and has never lived up to its claims as promised (i.e. cheaper to create systems, more powerful systems etc).

    Anyway, so in ending. So the US is claiming it has hacked the Iranian defense system. Well you have just read some of the litany of foul ups the US has made with its technological prowess. We all know how much the US lies about everything! And just like Chicken Little, when he says, “the sky is falling, the sky is falling,” at some point it all starts looking for what it really is, that the US Military and Government are just a bunch of Chicken Littles!

  3. My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard and their like lol couldn’t resist.

  4. The only time Iran has been hacked of any value was when stagnet created havoc for Iran’s low enrichment centrifuges years ago. They learned a lot from that and probably now have a greater understanding of stagnet than Israel itself.
    Then Iran showed us it could expose CIA assets from the CIA`s own website.
    Next “Associated” press will be saying the U.S. hacked Martian spaceships and that’s why Roswell happened.
    Never use a screwdriver to turn a nut should be the slogan of associated press and cohorts.
    Thanks Dorian good read the US sure knows how to create a polymer plastic self image when nature supplies the wood.

  5. While the Associated Propagandists are always good for a shovel full of steaming bullshit or a barrel full of putrid tripe, the commentary by Voltman and Dorian are pricelessly entertaining, not to mention far more accurate than the AP’s wretched drivel posing as journalism.

    To add on to Dorian’s outstanding analysis, there are even more issues with the F-35, the Flying Coffin according to Dorian but which I also sometimes refer to as the Flying Dumpster Fire. Several terabytes of data on the F-35 was stolen a couple years ago in a major security breach, which included EVERY detail of the F-35, including, if one read between the lines, how to neutralize, exploit, and defeat it. The theft had fingerprints implicating our “friend” Israel as the perpetrator and this information was sold on the international market to anyone who had a few shekels, renminbi, rubles, or what have you jingling around in their pockets. Of course, as Dorian alluded to, the F-35 actually turned out to not be worth a jar of goat piss, but American taxpayers are still on the hook for an ungodly amount of money for that worthless hunk of shit.

  6. @Umbra Bellator

    Its a long time ago, but my supervisor once told me while we were doing some military research, you’re going to like this Umbra, I questioned some of the requests the military wanted (I can’t go into it, for obvious reasons), anyway, my Sup. told me, “it doesn’t matter how stupid their requests are, remember this Dorian, never question the money, just take it, otherwise, you are never going to see it ever again. Always give them what they ask for, not what you think they should have!”

    And so I do believe this is how the F-35 came into fruition. Like scientists, I am sure the engineers too have the same saying, just give them (i.e. the Air Force) what they asked for. And they got it!

  7. @dunno y

    You are welcome. Thank you for the kind words.

    Just an add-on about the Iranians. I have supervised Iranians in my time, and I have to admit, there are some very difficult issues with them. They don’t think or see things as the rest of the world does. I am not being critical, I say what I did because Iran has been locked up and disallowed to interact with the rest of the world and that their mindsets are kind of veering off from the rest of humanity. Which is understandable but also dangerous.

    So what’s my point of the previous paragraph? Well you mentioned the centrifuges. You see if you isolate a people like the Iranians and also say North Koreans, they are going evolve their own ways of thinking about moral hazard (the risk you take of doing something that may cost someone else dearly). And when you are talking about centrifuges, you are potentially talking about nuclear weapons. We have been quite lucky around the world that nuclear bombs or missiles have not gone off accidentally.

    Is it better to push ever smaller and smaller nations into isolation, and force them to do highly dangerous weapons research and engineering? At some point in time, somewhere along the development road, someone is going to really screw up, and understandably so, given the incredible pressure the scientists would be under. You see where I am going with this?

    I think it is time we stopped this stupid embargoes on Iran, and countries like North Korea. For Pete’s sake! Its 70 years since the end of the Korean War. Hey America! You lost it! That is the Korean War. Time to let the North Korean people starting eating some good food again. Can you imagine dunno y! The North Korean people have never eaten Strawberries, Cheese, Coca-cola, pizza!, chocolate cake!, NEVER HAD COFFEE!!

    COME ON PEOPLE! TIME TO PUT PRESSURE ON THE YANKS TO STOP THIS SELFISH SPOIL SPORT NONSENSE!

    Let North Koreans have chocolate cake!!