A group claiming to be from Iran hacked a USA government website on Saturday night, which comes as tensions between the United States and Iran reached new heights after the US killed Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, which is a designated terrorist organization.
"We are aware the website of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was defaced with pro-Iranian, anti-US messaging".
Hackers claiming to be from Iran hacked a United States government website this morning.
Earlier, websites of major U.S. banks including Bank of America as well as the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ suffered major disruptions after Iranian state-backed hackers carried out cyberattacks in response to the USA sanctions in 2012 and 2013.
The message said that "martyrdom was (Suleimani's)... reward for years of implacable efforts".
A message from the hackers left on the website read, "In the name of god".
"An intrusion was detected on GPO's FDLP website, which has been taken down".
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The senior official added the hackers were likely sympathizers to the Iranian regime but not linked to the government itself.
As of 0350 hrs (GMT), the website was offline.
A spokesperson for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, said the website was taken offline as soon as the breach was noticed. "CISA is monitoring the situation with FDLP and our federal partners". The FDLP, which is run by the US Government Publishing Office, was set up to give the public access to government publications and information for free.
Bigways, a British company, was also struck in the attacks.
The announcement came Sunday night after another Iranian official said it would consider taking even-harsher steps over the USA killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani on Friday in Baghdad.
Experts claim Iran has been probing critical USA industrial systems in recent years, trying to gain access.
Iran's state-backed hackers are among the world's most aggressive and could inject malware that triggers major disruptions to America's public and private sectors.