Ira­nian hack­ers at­tack US govt web­site

The Punch - - WORLD NEWS -

HACK­ERS claim­ing to be from Iran have taken con­trol of an of­fi­cial Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment site, Mir­ror.co.uk re­ports.

Users click­ing on the Amer­i­can Fed­eral De­pos­i­tory Li­brary Pro­gramme (FDLP) were greeted with an omi­nous black hacked web page from 'the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran'.

On it is a pic­ture of Don­ald Trump be­ing hit in the face by an Ira­nian fist, with blood pour­ing from his mouth.

Be­low it are the words 'Hacked by Iran cy­ber Se­cu­rity Group Hack­ers' and 'this is only a small part of Iran's cy­ber abil­ity' - with Ira­nian hack­ers claim­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity.

How­ever a US gov­ern­ment spokesper­son ad­mit­ted "there is no con­fir­ma­tion" that this is an Ira­nian cy­ber at­tack.

On the site the hack­ers added 'we are al­ways ready' and 'to be con­tin­ued'. There is also the hash tag of '#hardre­venge'.

They posted: "This is mes­sage from the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran.

“We will not stop sup­port­ing our friends in the re­gions, the op­pressed peo­ple of Pales­tine, the op­pressed peo­ple of Ye­men, the peo­ple, and the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment, the peo­ple and gov­ern­ment of Iraq, the op­pressed peo­ple of Bahrain, the true mu­jahideen re­sis­tance in Le­banon and Pales­tine.

“They will be sup­ported by us.”

It comes hours af­ter Trump threat­ened to hit 52 Ira­nian sites "very hard" if Iran at­tacks Amer­i­cans or US as­sets.

He was speak­ing days af­ter a drone strike killed Ira­nian mil­i­tary com­man­der Qassem Soleimani and an Iraqi mili­tia leader.

The FDLP is a gov­ern­ment pro­gramme cre­ated to make US fed­eral pub­li­ca­tions avail­able to the pub­lic at no cost.

Soon af­ter users only got an 'Er­ror 520' mes­sage when they tried to ac­cess the pages.

Sara Sen­dek, a spokesper­son for DHS' cy­ber­se­cu­rity and In­fra­struc­ture Se­cu­rity Agency, said: "We are aware the web­site of the

Fed­eral De­pos­i­tory Li­brary Pro­gram (FDLP) was de­faced with pro-ira­nian, anti-us mes­sag­ing.

"At this time, there is no con­fir­ma­tion that this was the ac­tion of Ira­nian state­spon­sored ac­tors."

In the pic­ture of Trump be­ing hit were the words: "Mar­tyr­dom was his (So­ley­mani's) re­ward for years of im­pla­ca­ble ef­forts.

"With his de­par­ture and with God's power, his work and path will not cease and se­vere re­venge awaits those crim­i­nals who have tainted their filthy with his blood and the blood of other mar­tyrs of last night's in­ci­dent".

This came af­ter Trump is­sued a threat to Iran on Twit­ter. The strike has raised the spec­tre of wider con­flict in the Mid­dle East.

Iran, Trump wrote, "is talk­ing very boldly about tar­get­ing cer­tain USA as­sets" in re­venge for Soleimani's death.

Trump said the United States has "tar­geted 52 Ira­nian sites" and that some were "at a very high level & im­por­tant to Iran & the Ira­nian cul­ture, and those tar­gets, and Iran it­self, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD."

"The USA wants no more threats!" Trump said, adding that the 52 tar­gets rep­re­sented the 52 Amer­i­cans who were held hostage in Iran for 444 days af­ter be­ing seized at the U.S. Em­bassy in Tehran in Novem­ber 1979 - an en­dur­ing sore spot in U.s.ira­nian re­la­tions.

Trump did not iden­tify the sites. The Pen­tagon re­ferred ques­tions about the mat­ter to the White House, which did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

Among the mourn­ers in Iraq in­cluded many mili­ti­a­men in uni­form for whom Muhan­dis and Soleimani were he­roes.

They car­ried por­traits of both men and plas­tered them on walls and ar­moured per­son­nel car­ri­ers in the pro­ces­sion.

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