Hackers from Iran target U.S. government website

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Published on January 6, 2020 - Duration: 01:19s

Hackers from Iran target U.S. government website

WASHINGTON — A U.S. government website was targeted by a group of Iranian hackers on Saturday January 4, amid ongoing tensions between Iran and the U.S. over the killing of Qassim Suleimani, a high ranking Iranian commander.

According to AFP, the Federal Depository Library Program's website was replaced with a page called "Iranian Hackers!" As soon as the site was opened, visitors were shown a picture of U.S. President Donald Trump bleeding through the mouth and being punched in the face by what seems to be the fist of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

The website also showcased images of Iran's leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the flag of Iran and a message from the country's leader which expresses support for the oppressed people in the Middle East.

In a statement, a spokesperson from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency told CNN that the site has since been taken offline and is no longer accessible.

The official said that there is no confirmation of whether or not the hacking operation was part of Iran's state-sponsored activities.

Suleimani was killed on January 3 by a U.S. airstrike ordered by President Trump after the U.S. Department of Defense accused him of developing plans to attack American military personnel and diplomats in Iraq and the Middle Eastern region, as reported by CNN.

The Pentagon also says he was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and wounding thousands more.


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