The military response to Iran, after the Iranian army has downed an American surveillance drone, started from the cyberspace.
US President Donald Trump first approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing a surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them on Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions.
Trump ordered a retaliatory military strike against Iran after the drone shootdown but then called it off, saying the response wouldn’t be “proportionate” and instead pledged new sanctions on the country.
The tensions between Iran and the US is increasing after President Trump blamed Iran for the attacks on the oil tankers traveling through the Strait of Hormuz. Iran has immediately denied that accusation.
Trump decided to temporary suspend the attacks to attempt negotiation and urge new sanctions against Iran, but at the same time, he secretly authorized US Cyber Command to carry out a retaliatory cyber attack on Iran.
“President Trump approved an offensive
“The cyberstrikes, launched Thursday night by personnel with U.S. Cyber Command, were in the works for weeks if not months, according to two of these people, who said the Pentagon proposed launching them after Iran’s alleged attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier this month.”
The cyber attacks carried out by the US Cyber Command aimed at destroying computers systems that control rocket and missile launches.
According to Yahoo, two former intelligence officials confirmed that cyber attacks also hit spying group responsible for tracking ships in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
US defense did not confirm the reports, while the government of Tehran declared that it shot down the US surveillance drone on Thursday because it has violated Iranian airspace.