The aim of the cyber attack was to disable and degrade Kata ib Hezbollah, an Iranian sponsored Shia militia group. The specific goal was to attack their network-based communications, an official said. None of the officials who asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information would discuss how successful the cyber attack could have been.
Officially, the Ministry of Defense disappeared to comment. "The US central command refuses to comment on any potential cyber attack," Capt says. William Urban, spokesman for the command overseeing military operations in the Middle East.
US military maintains a list of potential cyber targets which can be selected to attack. The president has the last signing, but a number of options are available for the defense secretary and chairman of the joint managers to recommend.
Kata & # 39; ib Hezbollah was named a foreign terrorist organization by the US in 2009. US officials say Iran's proxy forces are a particular concern because of their access to Iranian missiles. Since tensions have increased in recent weeks between the US and Iran, there has been concern for proxy forces to be able to carry out attacks against US forces and allied interests in the region.
Kata & # 39; ib Hezbollah has considered responsibility for many attacks since 2007, according to the State Department. A report by the state in 2018 said the group had been responsible for attacks against US and coalition forces in Iraq, including a 2011 attack in Baghdad, where five US soldiers were killed.