IRAN hit by a global Cyber Attack that dropped U.S. flag on screens


Iran hit by a global cyber attack that dropped U.S. flag on screens. Hackers have attacked networks in a number of countries including data centers in Iran where they left the image of a U.S. flag on screens along with a warning “Don’t mess with our elections”, the Iranian IT ministry said on Saturday.

The attack possibly affected 200,000 router switches across the world in a widespread attack, including 3,500 switches in our country,” the Communication and Information Technology Ministry announced in a statement carried by Iran’s official news agency IRNA.

The announcement said the attack, which hit internet service providers and cut off web access for subscribers, was made reasonable by a vulnerability in routers from Cisco (CSCO.O) which had earlier issued a warning and provided a patch that some firms had failed to install over the Iranian new year holiday.
Hackers have attacked networks in a number of countries including data centres in Iran

Cisco did not quickly respond to requests for comment.

Iran's IT Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi posted a snapshot of a computer screen on Twitter with the image of the U.S. flag and the hackers' message. Azari-Jahromi said it was not yet clear who had carried out the attack.

Azari-Jahromi said the attack principally affected Europe, India and the United States, state television reported.

"Some 55,000 devices were affected in the United States and 14,000 in China, and Iran's share of affected devices was 2 percent," Azari-Jahromi was quoted as saying.

In a tweet, Azari-Jahromi said the state computer crisis response body MAHER had shown "weaknesses in providing information to (affected) companies" after the attack which was detected late on Friday in Iran.

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WIKI. Iran was also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran is a sovereign state in Western Asia.

With over 81 million inhabitants, Iran is the world's 18th-most-populous country.

Persia, as Iran was known before 1935, was one of the greatest empires of the ancient world, and the country has long maintained a distinct cultural identity within the Islamic world by retaining its own language and adhering to the Shia interpretation of Islam.

In 2016 international economic sanctions are lifted after the UN nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, confirms that Tehran had complied with its promises to scale back its nuclear activities.