The reason for Washington’s effort to enhance its cybersecurity capabilities is to prevent foreign cybercriminals from meddling in the domestic affairs of the United States. The main threat, as usual, comes from Moscow, even though an investigation led by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, the former director of the FBI, failed to find any credible evidence of such interference.
And still, despite the lack of serious evidence of Russian interference, in July 2018, General Paul Nakasone, Commander of the United States Cyber Command, who concurrently serves as Director of the National Security Agency, announced the formation of a special group tasked with eliminating Russian threats in the digital space. He noted that the creation of such a department was fully in line with the approaches that US intelligence adhered to in the past.
Apart from Russia, the United States is presently engaged in an open cyber war also with Iran. The cyberattack, which allegedly “disabled Iranian computer systems for missile launch control,” was personally endorsed by former US President Donald Trump.
This operation was the result of several months-long preparatory work and was carried out by members of the US Cyber Command unit. According to various sources, the Pentagon had proposed launching the attacks following Iran’s alleged attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The cyber operations against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were coordinated with the US Central Command, a military organization that deals with the entire Middle East, the sources added. The operation damaged the Islamic Republic’s military command and control systems, but avoided any loss of civilian life, in contrast to the conventional strikes that Trump canceled on Thursday, describing them as “disproportionate.” Indeed, those strikes could have resulted in the deaths of over a hundred people.
Responding to accusations of violating the sovereignty of foreign countries, Pentagon officials say that due to political reasons and, for the sake of operational security, they do not discuss cyberspace operations, as well as intelligence and planning operations.
All this attests to America’s impunity in the eyes of the world when it comes to cyberattacks, which will certainly lead to the global introduction by US-controlled IT companies of software and hardware devices into the network equipment and software of strategically important infrastructure elements of “unfriendly countries” without any consequences for the Pentagon. Washington’s sense of impunity allows it designate any unwanted state as an “unfriendly country.»