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Albania Cuts Diplomatic Ties With Iran After Cyberattack

September 7, 2022

Albania cut diplomatic ties with Iran following a summer cyberattack that disrupted the country’s online governmental services portal. Prime Minister Edi Rama today said he gave Iranian diplomats 24 hours to depart the country after establishing Iranian responsibility for the cyberattack “without a shadow of doubt.”

Tehran engaged four threat actor groups to take government portal e-Albania offline in July, Rama said.

Severing diplomatic ties is “proportionate to the gravity and risk of the cyberattack,” which sought to erase digital infrastructure, steal state records and “stir chaos and insecurity in the country,” he said.

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