US behind secret cyber strike on Iran after attack on Saudi oil facilities
The United States carried out a secret cyber operation against Iran in the wake of the Sept. 14 Iranian attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, two U.S. officials have told Reuters.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the operation took place in late September and took aim at Tehran’s ability to spread “propaganda”.
One of the officials said the strike affected physical hardware, but did not provide further details.
The United States, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and Germany have publicly blamed the Sept. 14 attack on Iran, which denied involvement in the strike. The Iran-backed Houthi terror group in Yemen claimed responsibility.
Publicly, the Pentagon has responded by sending thousands of additional troops and equipment to bolster Saudi defenses – the latest U.S. deployment to the region this year.
Tensions in the Gulf have escalated sharply since May 2018, when President Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran that put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the easing of sanctions.
In recent months, Iran and Iranian-backed terrorists have carried out a series of drone and missile attacks targeting Saudi airbases, airports and other facilities.
In May, four tankers, two of them Saudi-flagged, were damaged by explosions within the UAE’s territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman. Saudi Arabia and the US said Iran was behind the attacks.