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Federal Site Just Got Hacked

The hackers claim to be Iranian, but the US won't confirm
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2020 5:00 PM CST
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The Iranian flag flies at half staff atop the Iranian embassy in Moscow Sunday for Gen. Qasem Soleimani.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

(Newser) – Looks like Iran has struck back—online, at least. As the world awaits the country's military response to the killing of Gen. Qasem Soleimani, images of an Iranian flag and President Trump getting punched in the face appeared Sunday on a US federal website. "Hacked By Iran Cyber Security Group HackerS," reads an accompanying message, per TMZ. "This is only a small part of Iran's cyber ability! We're always ready." Another message explicitly links the hack to Soleimani's death, saying in part that "his work and path will not cease," and "severe revenge awaits those criminals who have tainted their filthy hands with his blood."

The hacked site, belonging to the Federal Depository Library Program, was quickly taken down—but US authorities aren't saying who's behind the intrusion, per USA Today. "We are aware the website of the Federal Depository Library Program was defaced with pro-Iranian, anti-US messaging," says the cybersecurity arm of the Department of Homeland Security. "At this time, there is no confirmation that this was the action of Iranian state-sponsored actors." In related news, Al Jazeera reports that six rockets have landed in Baghdad, two of them close to the US embassy. Six people were apparently injured in the attacks. (Earlier Sunday, Iran pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal.)

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