Iranian cyberattacks threaten our daily operations – opinion

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According to a Sky News report based on classified documents allegedly from Iran, a cyber attack could sink a cargo ship or blow up a fuel pump at a gas station.

The Sky News report also details how satellite devices are used by the shipping industry globally and how a computer-based system controls lighting, heating, and ventilation in smart buildings worldwide.

According to a security source with knowledge of five research documents, the 57-page collection was gathered by an offensive cyber unit called Shahid Kaveh, part of Iran’s terrorist-linked Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

 “They are creating a target bank to be used whenever they see fit,” said the source, who requested to remain anonymous for the documents to be discussed directly.

 Almost all of the files include a quote that appears to be from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei: “The Islamic Republic of Iran must become among the world’s most powerful in the area of cyber.” Sources describe this quote as something like a “commander’s intent statement.”

The front pages of only two of the reports mention the date of completion.

The first examines what is known as a building management system – the computer technology that controls things like lights, heating, and ventilation in smart buildings – from November 19, 2020.

Companies that provide these services are listed in the documents. Several manufacturers were involved, including Honeywell in the…