A website within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been hijacked by a group of hackers claiming to be from Iran.
The hackers uploaded a photo of a bloodied Donald Trump and the Iranian flag onto the Federal Depository Library Progam’s website.
Alongside the images, the hackers stated that they were acting in retaliation following the killing of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani.
Visitors to the website were met with the message: “Martyrdom was (Soleimani’s) reward for years of implacable efforts.
“With his departure and with God’s power, his work and path will not cease and severe revenge awaits those criminals who have tainted their filthy hands with his blood and the blood of the other martyrs.”
There is no confirmation that this was the action of Iranian state-sponsored actors.
In a statement, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, a division of the Department Security said: “We are aware the website of the Federal Depository Library Program was defaced with pro-Iranian, anti-US messaging.”
In addition, the statement recommended that all organisations should increase cyber monitoring, back up IT systems, implement secure authentication and have an incident response plan ready, “in these times of increased threats.”
The cyber attack came days after Iran announced that it would retaliate for Soleimani’s assassination, to which the DHS has issued a two-week National Terrorism System advisory.
“Iran maintains a robust cyber program and can execute cyber attacks against the United States,” DHS warned. “Iran is capable, at a minimum, of carrying out attacks with temporary disruptive effects against critical infrastructure in the United States.”
The website has since been taken offline.
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