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Albania Cyberattack
By Micah Halpern

Saturday September 10, 2022
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Albania was the target of a major cyberattack. 

In July, the Albanian government’s computer system were targeted by malicious cyberattacks. And it was Iran that was behind the attack.

In response, the United States government-imposed sanctions on Iran's intelligence agency and its leadership.

The US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control designated Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security and Esmail Khatib, who heads the ministry, as terror actors responsible for cyber-related activities against the U.S. and its allies.

Albania, a NATO member, cut diplomatic ties with Iran and expelled all Iranian embassy staff because of the cyberattack. It was the first known case of a country cutting diplomatic relations over a cyberattack.

Brian Nelson, the U.S. Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence issued a statement that reads: "Iran's cyberattack against Albania disregards norms of responsible peacetime State behavior in cyberspace."

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30 September 2022 12:10 PM in Thoughts

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