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US imposes sanctions on Iran for cyberattack on Albania, asks Iranian embassy to leave the country

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Washington. The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security and its minister. In fact, the United States has accused Iran of being involved in activities related to cyberattacks. The United States said Iran participated in the cyberattack on Albania on July 1.

According to a report by Reuters, the United States took this step when the same incident was repeated in Albania, after which on Wednesday Albania declared that it was severing diplomatic relations with Iran. that is, Iranian diplomats and embassy staff have been ordered to leave the country. Within 24 hours.

The US Treasury Department said in a statement that there are many networks of people involved in the cyberattacks and all of them are supporters of the Iranian government. “We will not tolerate Iran’s increasingly aggressive cyber activities,” Brian Nelson, Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, said in the statement.

Microsoft, whose cybersecurity research team helped investigate the incident, said in a blog post on Thursday that the Iranian cyber operation involved a combination of digital espionage techniques, data-erasing malware and online information operations. According to the researchers, the hackers aimed to embarrass Albanian government officials.

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Government websites and other public services were temporarily disrupted by the July attacks. Analysts say the operation was aimed at demeaning Albania because it supported the Zahideen-e-Khalq (MEK), a group based in the country. At the same time, Iranian Foreign Minister Antony Blinken dismissed the allegations.

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