The Iranian hacker that recently interrupted services on “godaddy” which hosts the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank website for 48-hours also defaced the US Federal Repository Library Program website on Saturday 5th January 2020. The hacker, H4ck3D, attacked fdlp.gov, which was defaced and took it offline. The FDLP is a program created to make federal government publications available to the public at no cost. A message from the hackers left on the website read, “in the name of God. Hacked by Iran Cyber Security Group HackerS. This is only small part of Iran’s cyber ability. We’re always ready.”
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Similar hacking was also carried out on a number of websites including the Taiwan Lung Meng Technology Company, and the Human Rights Protection Association of India. The website for a British company called Bigways was also struck in the cyber attacks. Security experts have already warned that cyber attacks could be part of Iran’s retaliation for the U.S. airstrike on Friday that killed Revolutionary Guard General, Qassem Soleimani, a top official in Iran. Iran’s hackers are already among the world’s most aggressive and could inject malware that triggers major disruptions to the U.S. public and private sector. Potential targets include manufacturing facilities, oil and gas plants and transit systems. A top US cybersecurity official is warning businesses and government agencies to be extra vigilant.
By Ophaniel Gooding
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