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Iran Targeting U.S. With Destructive Wipers, Warns DHS

June 24, 2019

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The Department of Homeland Security is warning that Iranian hackers are targeting U.S. agencies with destructive “wiper” malware. The statement comes as tensions continue to build between the U.S. and Iran.

Christopher Krebs, the director of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, over the weekend warned of a recent rise in Iranian malicious cyber activity directed at the U.S.

Krebs warned that Iranian “regime actors and proxies” are targeting U.S. industries and governments with destructive wiper malware – which have the singular purpose of destroying systems or data, usually causing great financial and reputational damage to victim companies.

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