US covert cyber war on Iran may prompt Russian, Chinese cyber aid for Tehran against America

President Donald Trump is reported widely by US media to have embarked on a covert cyberwar on Iran. Just as, in the absence of proof, Tehran has never owned up to its recent sabotage provocations in the region – although its hand is self-evident, Washington too intends to duck formal attribution for any cyberattacks against the Islamic Republic.

President Trump has not said this out loud, but his turn to clandestine cyber warfare in retaliation for Iranian attacks, in place of direct military strikes, takes the campaign against Tehran out of the hands of the US Central Command and over to the Cyber Command and the CIA, in line with his resolve to avoid full-scale war. Under consideration are operations not just to disable various missile bases and command centers, but also a range of Iranian vehicles of aggression. They include the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) patrol boats used to damage Gulf oil tankers this month, as well as Iranian proxies across the region, such as Hizballah and Iraqi Shiite militias.  The CIA will deploy covert forces inside Iran for striking essential infrastructure and stirring up unrest.  

The first operation of the first cyber war in military history was in fact launched by Washington on Thursday, June 20, just hours after an Iranian surface-to-air missile shot down a US Navy drone over Gulf waters. It targeted the computers of the IRGC missile command centers, as well as the computers and networks of an Iranian intelligence group which US spy agencies hold responsible for managing the strikes on the oil tankers.

President Trump believes that his constantly toughened sanctions supported by this clandestine, unadmitted cyber campaign is the correct and fitting response for Iran’s aggression and upholds his vow not to entangle America in another Middle East war. This strategy does, however, entail some omissions and drawbacks, say DEBKAfile’s military sources:

  1. The US Cyber Command certainly keeps in a bottom drawer a range of plans for attacking specific targets in Iran, but not likely a comprehensive US-Iranian cyber conflict.  
  2. Even the US Cyber Command is in the dark about the extent of Iran’s cyber capabilities and its capacity to strike back. Eight years ago, the Iranians astonished Washington when they seized control of the military satellite computers operating the highly sophisticated US RQ-170 Sentinel spy drone and bringing the UAV down. To this day, the US has never confirmed this Iranian coup.
  3. What is Israel’s role in this campaign and is it prepared to face up to a cyber war?
  4. Iran is unlikely to stand alone in the first major cyber war to be launched by the United States in real time, notwithstanding Trump’s efforts at secrecy. Russia and China may decide to leap to Tehran’s aid for seizing a unique opportunity for testing their own offensive cyber weapons in a real confrontation with America.
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24 thoughts on “US covert cyber war on Iran may prompt Russian, Chinese cyber aid for Tehran against America

  • Jun 24, 2019 @ 11:59 at 11:59

    After US-Israel cyber attack to Iranian nuclear sites, Iran closed internet connection of all its sensitive computers. There is no way to cyber-attack on a computer without any external internet connection.

    • Jun 24, 2019 @ 12:30 at 12:30

      You are funny.

    • Jun 24, 2019 @ 16:24 at 16:24

      WRONG! Every piece of metal is an antenna sending and receiving.

      • Jun 24, 2019 @ 16:33 at 16:33

        Yes that is the method to attack USA ; They still use DOS in the government interconnect; They maybe should connect rural areas for any type phone systems -that is the reason no one can attack their grid , they don`t have one.
        Really advanced ; when everyone has email service written in captcha .Israel really also advanced in all the fields of cyber electricity generation . They steal electricity from ine another , one city from another . Real advance thinking .

    • Jun 24, 2019 @ 16:26 at 16:26

      The World is Witnessing the Last Legs of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei Regime and the IRGC know they are out of favor inside Iran due to Ruining Persia with 40 years of Clerical Rule. What really means is “Please Europe, China, and Russia tell America to Stop, or We Will Cry and Stomp our Feet!

    • Jun 24, 2019 @ 16:41 at 16:41

      You missed the point about undercover sabateurs inside Iran. Many in Iran hate the medieval mullahs

      • Jun 24, 2019 @ 17:20 at 17:20

        Relax, Khamenei, IRGC, and Parade Chants are unable to Precipitate a Crisis to Save a 40 Yer Old Revolution anymore. Arabia, Israel and GCC Dynamic is to Maintain “Maximum Pressure Campaign” without Tehran being given a Diplomatic Out with Talks, or Conflict To Walk, just continued Long Term Degradation. The Trump Card is really an Arab Sunni Play and Khamenei has stepped into it and can’t get out, and does not even know it, until it will be too late?!

    • Jun 24, 2019 @ 17:23 at 17:23

      gholi………… Closed Connections are useless connections!

  • Jun 24, 2019 @ 12:27 at 12:27

    israil ortadoğuda tek nükleer güç olarak bütün ortadoğu ülkelerini iranı nükleer silahlarla tehdit ediyor

    • Jun 24, 2019 @ 15:51 at 15:51

      git kendini becer

    • Jun 24, 2019 @ 20:03 at 20:03

      President Trump targeted Khamenei Regime Leaders access to Financial Transactions. Praising the Remarkable Persian People Prosperity can be Fantastic while undermining Khamenei Regime in the Process. Trump Tweeted China, Japan, and other Nations Protect their Own Tankers instead of America that has been doing it many years for Zero Compensation. Warning to Nations that need Oil, Iran Regime is your Problem too, not a friend?

    • Jun 24, 2019 @ 20:06 at 20:06

      America does not seek Conflict with Iran or any other Nation, but the Message is Clear to Khamenei, No Nuclear Weapons and No Further Sponsoring of Terror! Khamenei has fallen into a Trump Trap, and Talks won’t get him out either!

  • Jun 24, 2019 @ 12:40 at 12:40

    us is too predictable all the us enemies know how us cyberwar work. us enemies do not connect on internet all their bases of how know so they avoid the steal of their how know only stupid us connect all its ther bases of how know on internet so china russia iranians come and steal easly their technology. us must learn to be protect its how know and technology or will face the decline because of stolen how know

  • Jun 24, 2019 @ 14:41 at 14:41

    US cyber operation against was completely thwarted by Iran.It failed.

    • Jun 24, 2019 @ 15:05 at 15:05

      We don’t know anything. This is just a “news” story. We have in fact, no real idea of anything – it all comes through ‘news’ channels that are known to be liars and often don’t know enough about the subject they are ‘reporting’ about, anyway. Its all BS. I just hope Trump wins and we live another day without war. Good luck with that…

  • Jun 24, 2019 @ 16:31 at 16:31

    Read my blog post on this topic.

  • Jun 24, 2019 @ 16:34 at 16:34

    Washington has Red Lines while not giving in to Tehran’s Escalation, Demands, and Confrontations. Saudi Arabia has Alternatives by acquiring the Saudi Atomic Bomb and Iran’s Regime will be in Nuclear Checkmate Havoc in the Middle East on a scale beyond anything yet Contemplated Globally as well.

  • Jun 24, 2019 @ 17:30 at 17:30

    Hopefully the Chinese are wiser than the Russians, who continue ignoring and disregarding their own proverb: “Lie down with dogs – get up with fleas.”
    And ayatollahs’ Iran is the world’s biggest, most malevolent Dog !

    • Jun 24, 2019 @ 17:37 at 17:37

      Yosef……a Junk Yard Dog with Lots of Barks but No Teeth to Eat, and Lacking Water, Medicine and Oil Revenues now!

      • Jun 24, 2019 @ 20:22 at 20:22

        ridiculous jew

        Iran has no teeth ?

        who shut the global hawk drone ?
        why trump pulled back from counter attack ?

        Hamas&Hisbullah biting Israel day for day

  • Jun 24, 2019 @ 17:33 at 17:33

    John…………….America is not Restoring Military Super Power Status since America has Super Power Reality. Can you Name another Global Foe that will Fight for or with Iran that has No Status at All? Closing the Straits will just make America Energy Richer and Upset Global Nations Needing Oil to Trade! Khamenei has a Headache and Allah has Abandoned Him & Global Nations will follow!

  • Jun 25, 2019 @ 7:00 at 7:00

    The US can fly EMP cruise missiles and take out all of Iran’s power plants, or just one. They can take out any portion their communications with an EMP strike on certain critical facilities. If were Trump, I’d have blacked out Tehran for a week. Sweating in the dark eating canned goods for a 10 days will change a lot of minds.

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