A US agency's website for the publication of government documents has become the target of a hacker attack. Pro-Iranian and anti-American embassies were featured on the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) website on Saturday evening (American time), along with a photo montage of US President Donald Trump being beaten to death by a fist.
It is currently Affected website offline, however it is defaced version already archived by the Internet Archive Service. According to various American media, the defacement attack has been confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security responsible for cybersecurity (Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, CISA). However, the damage was very small because the hackers had apparently not got beyond the website.
Such defacement attacks have a symbolic effect. The direct damage is minor, but the public impact can be large, depending on the side concerned. The FDLP is part of the US Federal Printing Office and is intended to ensure public access to documents such as the government and Congress.
The attackers described themselves as "Iran Cyber Security Group HackerS" on the defaced website, which of course does not have to mean anything. According to CBS, the US government suspected Iranian government sympathizers of the attack, but there is no evidence that the action was directed by Iranian government agencies. The transmitter appeals to an unspecified senior US officialwho "has to do with cybersecurity". According to the broadcaster, the official described the attack as insignificant, that defacements were 'narrow-gauge' risks.
The attack appeared to be in response to the killing of Iranian general Ghassem Soleimani by a U.S. attack in Baghdad. Since then, the mood between the United States and Iran has been heating up.
(with material from dpa) /
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