[ISN] Iran said to step up cyber-attacks on US officials

www.timesofisrael.com/iran-said-to-step-up-cyber-attacks-on-us-officials/ BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF November 5, 2015 Iranian regime hackers have reportedly been targeting US officials involved in formulating American policy toward Tehran. The cyber warfare unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, an Iranian military force separate from the main and close to the regime’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has engaged in a “flurry” of hacking efforts against the email and social-media accounts of senior officials in the Obama administration, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. That surge has included policymakers at the US State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and Bureau of Iranian Affairs, the report said, citing unnamed American officials. Academics and journalists linked to Iranian issues were also targeted. The timing of the hacks may be linked to the October arrest in Iran of the Iranian-American dual citizen Siamak Namazi, an advocate of normalization, and to a broader battle analysts believe is taking place within the Iranian regime over fears by hardliners close to Khamenei that the nuclear deal reached with world powers in July could herald liberalization and a warming of ties with the West. […]