US Cyber Command launched a retaliatory cyber attack against Iran

US Cyber Command launched a retaliatory cyber attack against Iran

On Thursday evening, US Cyber Command launched a retaliatory cyber strike on undisclosed Iranian assets that supported last week’s attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and shot down a US surveillance drone, according to two former intelligence officials.

Though sources declined to provide any further details of the retaliatory cyber operation, the response highlights how the Persian Gulf has become a staging ground for escalating digital — as well as conventional — conflict, with both the United States and Iran trying to get the upper hand with cyber capabilities.

The retaliatory cyber response follows several weeks of mounting tension in the region.

On Friday, President Trump did not order a missile strike against Iran, claiming that he did not want to kill an estimated 150 Iranians in retaliation for a downed unmanned drone.