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November 25, 2015 7:31 am

Iranian Hackers Target State Department Officials in Cyber Attacks

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Headquarters of the U.S. Department of State. Photo: wiki commons.

Headquarters of the U.S. Department of State. Photo: wiki commons.

New York Times – Four months after a historic accord with Tehran to limit its atomic ambitions, American officials and private security groups say they see a surge in sophisticated computer espionage by Iran, culminating in a series of cyberattacks against State Department officials over the past month.

The surge has led American officials to a stark conclusion: For Iran, cyberespionage — and the power it gives the Iranians to jab at the United States and its neighbors without provoking a military response — is becoming a tool to obtain the influence that many in Iran hoped thenuclear program would give the country.

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