The US military launched cyber attacks against Iranian missile control systems and an espionage network, after Tehran shot down a surveillance plane, US government officials said.
In this regard, in Tehran, Iranian President Hasan Rohani on Sunday accused the United States of the “aggression” of the spy drone shot down last Thursday in the Strait of Hormuz and urged the international community to respond to this incident.
“This invasion of the United States is the beginning of a new tension, caused by them, in the region (…),” the Persian president said.
“This region is quite critical and the safety of the navigable waterways of the Persian Gulf and the Oman Sea is of the utmost importance to most countries, so we expect all international entities to react appropriately,” Rohani added.
US President Donald Trump ordered a military attack in retaliation against Iran last Thursday, but then canceled it, promising new sanctions for Tehran.
The Iranian government claims that the US Army drone violated the airspace of the Islamic Republic, while the White House said that the aircraft was destroyed in international airspace.
However, Trump secretly authorized the Army Cyber Command to carry out a cyber attack in retaliation against Iran, Trump administration officials told the US media.
Last Thursday’s cyber attacks, a contingency plan developed for weeks amid growing tensions between the two nations, disabled the Iranian computer systems that controlled their rockets and missile launchers.
According to The Washington Post, one of the cyber attacks last Thursday targeted computers that control missile and rocket launches.
The other, according to Yahoo! News, pointed to an Iranian espionage network tasked with monitoring the passage of ships in the Strait of Hormuz.
The US government began planning this strategy after accusing Tehran of attacking two tankers in the Oman Sea in mid-June, according to The New York Times.
Tehran, in turn, categorically rejected having any relationship with the event and said that behind the incident was the Government of Washington, which seeks to “generate insecurity in the navigable waterways to boost their own interests” and provoke “iranophobia”.