CHINESE and Iranian hackers have stepped up damaging cyber attacks on the US over Donald Trump’s fiery clashes with the two countries, it’s been reported.
Dozens of high-profile American banks, businesses and government offices have allegedly been hit by computer spooks in recent weeks.
Getty – Contributor Dozens of US banks, businesses and government offices have allegedly been targeted
The news follows a report by US intelligence chiefs last month, which warned China, Iran, North Korea and Russia were all planning to increase network attacks.
It warned they would “increasingly use cyber operations to threaten both minds and machines in an expanding number of ways – to steal information, to influence our citizens, or to disrupt critical infrastructure.”
The report added Iranian hackers are already targeting government agencies “to gain intelligence and position themselves for future cyber operations.”
Boeing, General Electric Aviation and T-Mobile were among recent hacking targets, according to the New York Times.
At the same time, Chinese hackers are reportedly renewing attempts to steal military tech from the US amid mounting tensions over the South China Sea and a brutal trade war.
The news comes after it was revealed Iran was poised to launch cyber attacks on the West in retaliation for the US pulling out of the nuclear deal.
Those at greatest risk include banks, energy companies and government departments – the same targets hit by Iranian hacking in 2012 and 2014.
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Planning for such attacks was probably already underway, according to intelligence received by researchers at cyber security firm Recorded Future.
They said a former Iranian state-backed hacker has claimed more than 50 operatives were now competing for government-directed cyber attacks.
“Iran will likely respond quickly by launching destructive attacks on American, European, and rival nation (such as Saudi Arabia and Israel) businesses,” its report said.
AFP or licensors The attacks come amid mounting tensions between President Trump and Iran and China
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