Iran Hackers Accused of Targeting US Energy Firms.

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Iran has stepped up a campaign of cyberattacks against U.S. companies and has successfully hacked the computer networks of several American energy firms.

In the latest cyberassault, Iranian hackers accessed control-system software that could permit them to damage or destroy oil and gas pipelines in the future, reports The Wall Street Journal, quoting a former U.S. official who said the attacks had proceeded “far enough to worry people.”

“This is representative of stepped-up cyberactivity by the Iranian regime. The more they do this, the more our concerns grow,” one official told the newspaper, adding, “What they have done so far has certainly been noticed, and they should be cautious.”

In the past, Iran has blamed Washington for carrying out its own cyberattacks against the Islamic Republic. The most notorious was the 2010 assault on an Iranian nuclear facility by the Stuxnet worm, said to have been developed…

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