Why would Iranian hackers go after a dam of all the places in the world
Iranian hackers who are calling themselves SOBH Cyber Jihad have claimed responsibility for a cyber attack that allowed it to gain access to a dam that was situated in New York. According to the hacktivist group, they claimed that they were also responsible for the attack that took place back in 2013, but they decided to stay silent about it since they wanted the public to start feeling insecure and basically did it for the greater good.
A former special agent of the Cyber Division, Leo Taddeo states that he is extremely concerned that a hacking group has managed to take control of an entire infrastructure. He also suggested that if this continues to happen, it could prove devastating, since a security breach could also mean that huge amounts of water could result in massive flooding. This could end up being a very expensive problem for the authorities as well as those who are controlling the dam in the first place.
Since such kind of infrastructures are privately owned and are not in control of the United States government, so it is possible that another cyber attack could be executed by the Iranian hackers and there is absolutely nothing that can be done to prevent this since there is little expertise to go around that can actually combat threats like this.
The Department of Homeland Security has yet to state something related to the incident, but it has said that it will continue to monitor and curb these attacks to the best of its abilities.
“The Department of Homeland Security continues to coordinate national efforts to strengthen the security and resilience of critical infrastructure, working with our federal and industry partners across the country to raise awareness about evolving threats and promote measures to reduce risks to systems we all rely on.”
We are still waiting for some kind of justification as to why Iranian hackers did what they did and it looks like the places where they will get the most amount of exposure is obviously platforms like Facebook and Twitter.