Thu. Dec 3rd, 2020

Homeland Security Warns of Potential Iranian Attacks

On Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security issued a strong warning about the potential for Iranian cyberattacks against critical US infrastructure and other US-based targets, CNN reported.

 

Following the US airstrike that killed Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Johnson issued a warning via the National Terrorism Advisory System — a rarely used alert.

 

The advisory warned that while DHS had no information about a specific threat to the US, Iranian leadership and proxy-groups have threatened to retaliate.

“Iran maintains a robust cyber program and can execute cyber attacks against the United States,” reads the bulletin, which expires January 18.

 

Additionally, the advisory also warns:

“Iran and its partners, such as Hizballah, have demonstrated the intent and capability to conduct operations in the United States.”

 

Worse still, the advisory note that Iran “likely views terrorist activities as an option to deter or retaliate, and warns that homegrown violent extremists could be inspired to launch individual attacks.”

 

DHS said various agencies are taking protective measures.