The alleged cyber-attack came in the wake of an extreme escalation in tensions between the Unites States and Iran, following the killing of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, senior military commander of the Quds Force, in Baghdad by a US drone strike early Friday morning.
A group of Iranian hackers reportedly took down the website of the US Federal Depository Library Program (FDPL), a special website for federal government publications, on Saturday evening, amid a heightened escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran.
“In the name of God. Hacked By Iran Cyber Security Group HackerS;). This is only small part of Iran’s cyber ability! We’re always ready,” a note on the website purportedly reads.
The cyber-attack was claimed by a group that identified themselves as “Iran Cyber Security Group HackerS”.
“Martyrdom was his (Shahid Soleymani) reward for years of implacable efforts. With his departure and with God’s power, his work and path will not cease and severe revenge awaits those criminals who have tainted their filthy hands with his blood and the blood of the other martyrs of last night’s incident,” the group wrote on the now-disabled FDPL website.
On Friday, the United States ramped up tensions in the Middle East by killing the commander of the Revolutionary Guards’s Quds Force Qasem Soleimani in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The White House claimed an alleged “imminent threat” against American lives as justification for the targeted drone attack.