WASHINGTON: The United States had launched cyber attacks against Iranian missile control systems and a spy network this previous week after Tehran downed an American surveillance drone, US media reported on Saturday.
US President Donald Trump initially ordered a retaliatory military strike against Iran after the drone shoot down but then called it off, saying the response wouldn’t be “proportionate” and ” justified” instead pledged new sanctions on the country.
But after the drone’s shoot down, Trump secretly authorized US Cyber Command to carry out a retaliatory cyber attack on Iran, The Washington Post reported.
The attack crippled computers and systems used to control rocket and missile launches, according to the Post, which cited people familiar with the matter.
Tensions are extremely high between the US and Iran yet again following Trump’s move more than one year ago to leave a multinational accord curbing Iran’s nuclear ambition.
His administration has instead imposed a robust slate of punitive economic sanctions designed to choke off Iranian oil sales and to seriously cripple its economy.