Cyber War Sowing Fear and Confusion

Luke 21:9-10: [Jesus said] "When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom."

Iran is gearing up for cyber-attacks against U.S. infrastructure and recruiting hackers. The Iranians have used Hezbollah militants out of Lebanon previously and now it would appear they are putting together a cyber-militia of skilled hackers from this same terrorist base. This new ploy would make it difficult to prove that Iran was behind the attacks.

According to a report in an extremist’s Iran newspaper, the Revolutionary Guard warned the United States to “worry about an unknown player somewhere in the world attacking critical infrastructure.”

A group called the Iranian Cyber Army that attacked Twitter and a Chinese search engine named Baidu in 2010 and in ’09. This type of incursion on a large scale would provide Iran with an option for psychological operations directed against the U.S. This kind of psyche op could bring fear and confusion directly to the American public and disrupt their normal daily lives.

The U.S. has not even begun to prepare for combined computer network attacks directed at our military information and communication systems. The Iranian plan is to even use old jamming techniques to degrade radar systems and complicate defensive and offensive operations.

U.S. government agencies like the Strategic Air Command are aware of the problem but no one in this administration is at the helm to address the Iranian Cyber Threat dilemma.

Our intelligence agencies have attempted to estimate the skill level of Iran’s hacker terrorists, but sometimes it does not even come down to a matter of skill, when there is already an abundance of cyber-weapons available as close as the world wide web. Adversaries in the Internet hacker underworld do not need capabilities, just intent and a little cash under the table, so to speak.


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