(Great Power War)Â The Iranians are a regional military power, without question, but lack the weapons and firepower to reach out globally. So striking the U.S. homeland with conventional weapons amid increased tensions isnâ€™t possible.
But that doesnâ€™t mean the Islamic republic doesnâ€™t have the capability to strike America asymmetrically.
For years, the Iranian regime has built a fairly potent cyber warfare capability that they could now deploy against American infrastructure, corporations, and even military assets.
AsÂ notedÂ by the Brookings Institute:
In 2007, a computer virus crippled centrifuges at Iranâ€™s uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, setting back its nuclear program by years. TheÂ Stuxnet attackÂ â€” not uncovered until a few years later â€” taught the revolutionary regime in Tehran a valuable lesson about how effective cyber weapons can be, prompting Tehran to invest heavily in cyber capabilities of its own. The results speak for themselves: Iranian hacking groups have graduated fromÂ conventional distributed denial of service (DDoS) andÂ domain name system (DNS) attacksÂ to more sophisticated operations againstÂ critical infrastructureÂ andÂ industrial control systems.
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