"With the nuclear deal ripped up, our nation and our allies should be prepared for what we've seen in the past,'' Gen. Keith Alexander, the former director of the National Security Agency, said in an interview last week.

Over the years, state-backed Iranian hackers have showed both the proclivity and skill to put off destructive cyber attacks.

After the United States tightened economic sanctions against Tehran in 2012, state-supported Iranian hackers retaliated by disabling the websites of  nearly every major American bank with what is known as a denial-of-service attack.

The attacks prevented hundreds of thousands of customers from getting access to their bank accounts.

Those assaults on about 46 American banks, described in a 2016  federal indictment, were directly attributed to Iranian hackers.

Iranian hackers were also behind a  digital assault  on the Las Vegas Sands Corporations in 2014 that brought Casino operations to a halt by wiping Sands data, according to the indictment.

Security researchers believe the attacks were retaliation for public comments  made in 2013 speech by the  Sands majority owner, Sheldon G. Adelson, when he said the United States should strike Iran with  nuclear weapons  to force Tehran to abandon its nuclear program.

But after the  nuclear deal  with Iran was signed,  Iran's destructive attacks cooled off. Instead, its hackers  resorted to traditional cyberespionage  and intellectual property theft, according to another indictment of Iranian hackers filed in March-

And reserved their louder, more disruptive attacks for targets in the Middle East.

With the  nuclear deal at risk, American and Israeli officials now worry Iran's hackers could retaliate with  cyber attacks  of a more vicious kind.

The Israeli war game sessions could have included what could happen if the United States and Russia were drawn into  cyberwarfare  between Israel and Iran, according to a person familiar with the session but who was not allowed to speak about them publicly.

The United States already has a  blueprint  for what it might expect in Saudi Arabia, where there is a growing evidence that  Iranian hackers  may have been responsible for a string of attacks on several  Saudi Petrochemical  plants over the past 16 months.

The Honor and Serving of the latest  Global Operation Research on state of the world continues to Part 3. !WOW!  thanks author and researcher Nicole Perlroth.


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