Global Cyber Attack on 200,000 Routers Left U.S. Flag on Iranian Screens

Attack affected 200,000 switches across the world attack, including 3,500 switches, the Communication and Information Technology Ministry said in a statement carried by Iran’s official news agency IRNA.

 

“The attack apparently affected 200,000 router switches across the world in a widespread attack, including 3,500 switches in our country,” the Communication and Information Technology Ministry said in a statement carried by Iran’s official news agency IRNA.The statement said the attack, which hit internet service providers and cut off web access for subscribers, was made possible by a vulnerability in routers from Cisco which had earlier issued a warning and provided a patch that some firms had failed to install over the Iranian new year holiday.

A blog published on Thursday by Nick Biasini, a threat researcher at Cisco’s Talos Security Intelligence and Research Group, said: “Several incidents in multiple countries, including some specifically targeting critical infrastructure, have involved the misuse of the Smart Install protocol…“As a result, we are taking an active stance, and are urging customers, again, of the elevated risk and available remediation paths.”On Saturday evening, Cisco said those postings were a tool to help clients identify weaknesses and repel a cyber attack.

Source: Iran hit by global cyber attack that left U.S. flag on screens

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