Gary Hart was doing a lot of interviews when the movie The Front Runner came out, and he predicted that the next wave of terrorist activity was not going to be airplanes and bombs, but a cyber security assault. Hart didn’t have a date certain when he thought that might happen, but in the wake of trigger events of the last few days in Trumpworld, it’s reasonable to assume that the agenda has just been moved up. Donald Trump, who is a fool, is thinking in terms of standard warfare and how the U.S. has the arsenal to defeat Iran. However, the reality is that in the 21st Century, a cyber attack is the way to cripple an enemy and Iran is just the party to do it. BuzzFeed: Iran has one of the world’s most active state-sponsored cybersecurity programs. According to the US, its hackers have carried out attacks targeting several American financial institutions including the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ since 2011, and even broke into the computer system of a dam north of New York City in 2013. Security analysts said Iran could strike US private sector targets again, and it is also possible that its hackers could seek to strike US critical infrastructure or that of its allies. John Hultquist, director of intelligence analysis for the cybersecurity firm FireEye said he expected to see an uptick in espionage focused on government systems and “disruptive and destructive cyberattacks against the private sphere.” Iranian hackers have tried to break into US utilities, factories and oil and gas facilities, Robert M. Lee, the chief executive of industrial control system security firm Dragos told the Associated Press. Iran has already tested it’s capability in this area. A blackout in 2015 that left 40 million people in the dark in Turkey was blamed on Iranian hackers. So the question becomes, can they do the same thing to a U.S. city that they did in Turkey? That issue was addressed on CNN Saturday morning. Raw Story: “Over the past few years we’ve seen Iran experts really expand their capabilities in this space,” said [reporter Donie] O’Sullivan. “I think that the big concern is, do they have the capability of turning out the lights in a major American city? Over the past decade, we’ve seen, according to the U.S. government, in 2012 Iran was able to break into dozens of U.S. banks, causing millions of dollars worth of damage, and in 2014, actually breaking into the Sands Casino and taking their customers’ social security details, credit card details. So we can see them expanding capability in that space.” “I was told by a director of one of the country’s top cybersecurity companies this morning that within an hour of the news breaking of the airstrike, there were officials and executives from oil and gas companies coming to the cybersecurity companies and saying, what do we have to do to be prepared?” added O’Sullivan. There are no words to express how ill advised and irresponsible Trump’s wag the dog attempt was, assassinating Soleimani as a means to deflect away from impeachment and frame himself as some kind of a hero, daring to do what other U.S. presidents wouldn’t. No, he’s right, they wouldn’t take out Soleimani because they didn’t want to throw a stick of dynamite into an oven. […]
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