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U.S. Federal Website Defaced by Pro-Iranian Hackers

U.S. Federal Website Defaced by Pro-Iranian Hackers
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A federal website was defaced with pro-Iranian messaging in what is believed to be retaliation for the U.S. drone strike that killed one of Iran’s top military commanders.

The Federal Depository Library Program’s website was hacked and defaced to include imagery of an Iranian flag and doctored photos of a bloodied Donald Trump.

“Martyrdom was [Suleimani’s] reward for years of implacable efforts,” said a message on the hacked site, referring to Iranian military commander Qasem Suleimani.

The messaging and imagery on the site was signed by the “Iran Cyber Security Group Hackers,” and promised further action.

While the Iranian government hasn’t claimed responsibility for the incident, it did promise a “crushing and powerful” response for Suleimani’s death. 

The hacked website comes on the heels of a National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin issued by the Department of Homeland Security warning of potential reprisals from Iran. 

“Iran maintains a robust cyber program and can execute cyber attacks against the United States. Iran is capable, at a minimum, of carrying out attacks with temporary disruptive effects against critical infrastructure in the United States,” said the bulletin.