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(Bloomberg) -- For the last several years, hackers based in China have allegedly been sucking up vast amounts of personal data of U.S. citizens: names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, even fingerprints.On Monday, the U.S. Justice Department took another stab at stopping them.Attorney General William Barr announced that four members of China’s People’s Liberation Army had engaged in a three-months-long campaign to steal information on about 145 million Americans from Equifax Inc. In doing so, Barr detailed an audacious plan that allegedly began with a vulnerability in Apache software and uncovered a mother load of personal data.According to U.S. authorities and cybersecurity experts, the Equifax hack was one of a string of data breaches executed by Chinese hackers in which personal data was stolen. Those experts described an effort to grab so much data on so many people that the Chinese could use it to compile a database of Americans, in part to bolster spying efforts. Chinese officials rejected the accusations. “The Chinese government, military and relevant personnel never engage in cyber theft of trade secrets,” China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Tuesday.Last year, Barr announced charges against a Chinese national who was part of “an extremely sophisticated hacking group operating in China” that stole information from four large American businesses, including data on 78.8 million people from the computer network of health insurer, Anthem Inc.China has also been linked to a 2018 cyber-attack at Marriott International Inc., yielding data on 500 million guests, and an infamous 2015 incident in which data from the federal Office of Personnel Management was stolen on 21 million individuals, including Social Security numbers and 5.6 million fingerprints.“Chinese spying is over the top increasingly dangerous,” said Jim Lewis, a senior vice president and director of the Technology Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, when asked about the charges involving Equifax. “The PLA has more personal data on Americans than anyone else.”The Equifax hack represents a major “counterintelligence operation” by the Chinese government for future use, including advancing artificial intelligence capabilities, said William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.“They have more than just your credit score,” Evanina told reporters during a briefing on Monday. “They have all of your data.” He added that his biggest concern is that the Chinese will use the data to target people who don’t work in national security and therefore might not be aware of an operation.U.S. officials said there was no evidence the stolen Equifax data was being used. However, Barr said the Equifax hack “fits a disturbing and unacceptable pattern of state-sponsored computer intrusions and thefts by China and its citizens that have targeted personally identifiable information, trade secrets and other confidential information.”John Hultquist, senior director of intelligence analysis at the cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc., said the Equifax incident is “just one example of a shift by Chinese state hackers toward organizations that aggregate data.”“Government bureaucracies, hospitality and travel organizations have been targeted alongside telecommunications firms and managed service providers in intrusions designed to allow access to huge amounts of data and proprietary information,” he said.Cybersecurity experts offered different views on the purpose of the stolen data.The data taken from Equifax may have been used as part of an attempt to compile a database of U.S. personally identifiable information, according to Priscilla Moriuchi, who is director of strategic threat development at the cybersecurity company Recorded Future, Inc. This database can be used for purposes including developing cover identities for Chinese intelligence officers, validating information from other intelligence services, or “building profiles of individuals that may be susceptible to recruitment by Chinese intelligence, “ she said.Ben Buchanan, a cybersecurity expert at Georgetown University, said the data gleaned may have uses such as providing “financial context on targets of interest to China.”“It probably wasn’t too taxing for the hackers to get even this voluminous amount of data, so why not take it?” he said.Aside from allegedly stealing personal data, China has also been accused of pilfering intellectual property from U.S. companies, including by hacking. Former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander, who served under presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, has called it the “greatest transfer of wealth in history.”In 2018, for instance, the U.S. indicted Chinese intelligence officers for stealing technology underlying a turbofan used by airlines while members of China’s Ministry of State Security were charged with targeting government agencies and more than 45 technology companies in the U.S.According to the indictment announced on Monday, the hack at Equifax began in May 2017, maybe earlier, and continued through July of that year. The defendants exploited a vulnerability in Apache software that was used by Equifax’s online dispute portal, where users could research and dispute inaccuracies in their credit reports. Apache had announced a vulnerability in certain versions of its Struts software, and it wasn’t patched on Equifax’s online dispute portal, according to the indictment.Equifax “holds a colossal repository of sensitive personally identifiable information, including full names, addresses, Social Security numbers, birth dates, and driver’s license numbers,” according to the indictment, which alleged that the People’s Liberation Army obtained the names, birth dates, and Social Security numbers for 145 Americans, in addition to the driver’s licenses for at least 10 million Americans, and the credit card numbers and other personally identifiable information on 200,000 U.S. consumers. PLA hackers also obtained personal data belonging to nearly a million citizens of the U.K. and Canada, according to the indictment.Despite major investments in security measures, Equifax appeared to have been compromised “by poor implementation and the departures of key personnel in recent years,” according to a September 2017 story in Bloomberg Businessweek. A congressional report in 2018 found that Equifax failed to modernize its security to match its aggressive growth strategy.On Monday, Equifax Chief Executive Officer Mark Begor said, “Having China indicted for this really changes the stakes for all of us.”“These cyber-attacks are getting more challenging for every company,” he said. “It definitely raises the bar for all of us on what we need to do to defend the sensitive data that we have.”(Updates with comments from China’s foreign ministry in fifth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Jenny Surane.To contact the reporters on this story: Alyza Sebenius in Washington at email@example.com;Chris Strohm in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Andrew Martin at email@example.com, Andrew PollackFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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(Bloomberg) -- As the news broke Tuesday of an Iranian missile attack on bases in Iraq housing American troops, photographs immediately began circulating on social media falsely purporting to show the assault in action. Some of the pictures came from old military exercises in Russia, another showed a manipulated photo of an American aircraft carrier with troops standing in formation to spell the words "F--- Iran." It wasn’t always clear who was spreading the images or for what purpose, but at least some of them were being distributed by organizations with links to the Iranian regime.The images were a reminder that modern geopolitical conflicts now inevitably include the rapid dissemination of misleading information online. Iran has been building the capacity to undertake significant disinformation campaigns for a decade, according to security firms who study the issue, and there’s widespread expectation that such an effort will be a part of the Iranian response to the Jan. 3 killing of Qassem Soleimani, which could continue despite seeming efforts to spare American lives during the missile strike. But while there has been evidence of state-sponsored attempts to spread disinformation online in the last week, Iran is not taking full advantage of its capabilities, according to FireEye Inc., a security firm.“They seem to be using components of it right now. It’s still really early days,” said Lee Foster, a manager for information operations analysis at FireEye. “They have the capacity to do a lot more than they’re doing right now.”Iran realized the potential of social media as a political force as far back as 2009, when it banned Twitter in the face of anti-government protests. Iranian operations have targeted Western social media since at least 2014, with some accounts dating back as far as 2010, according to Ben Nimmo, director of investigations for social media monitoring company Graphika Inc. Iran has also been linked to a series of cyberattacks against Saudi Arabia, a casino owned by Sheldon Adelson and other targets.Foster said Iran’s online influence campaigns are arguably even more extensive in terms of volume and global focus than those of Russia, whose activity during the 2016 presidential election elevated concern about disinformation to crisis levels. But the country hasn’t focused as much on U.S. elections, focusing instead on spreading the Iranian government’s talking points about Israel and Saudi Arabia.Traditionally, Iran has seen U.S. presidents as basically interchangeable, said Heather Williams, former deputy national intelligence officer for Iran with the National Intelligence Council. The strike against Soleimani "could cause them to feel that this president is a particular liability for them, and maybe there is some incentive for a different administration inside Washington in terms of U.S.-Iran relations," said Williams, who is now a researcher at the Rand Corporation.Some Iranian influence operations were on display as tensions ratcheted up before Soleimani’s death. Researchers say they’ve seen signs of inauthentic activity on Twitter, as well as Instagram and the messaging app Telegram. Many of the pro-Iranian accounts across these platforms have adopted the theme “hard revenge.”“Out of all the platforms, the regime has spent most of its time trying to manipulate or control the narrative on Telegram,” said Mahsa Alimardani, a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute. Pro-Iranian government narratives have spread across Persian-language Telegram channels, and some appear to be controlled by bot accounts, according to Alimardani.Kanishk Karan, a researcher with the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, said that he had identified a wave of more than 95,000 posts on Twitter featuring the hashtags HardRevenge and DeathToAmerica, which he said appeared to have been, at least in part, a coordinated effort.QuickTake: Facebook, Twitter and the Digital Disinformation MessKaran said he had also seen potential bot campaigns on Twitter pushing a narrative that supported the U.S. government’s position. Many accounts on both sides had been newly created, according to Karan, and had alphanumeric names—hallmarks of automated bot accounts. It is unclear precisely how many of these posts have been driven by automated accounts, and researchers caution that it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between real and fake users.Iran also uses lesser-known websites to spread government messaging. A writer named Elizabeth Tacher published an article on a site called usjournal.net on Dec. 31 that touted the Iranian general as one of the “most influential movers and shakers” of 2020. After his killing, the same author compared President Donald Trump to a dictator, called for him to be banned from Twitter, and warned of harsh retaliation from Iran.Tacher has published more than 600 articles for usjournal.net, which claims to be a “novel progressive media base.” Her online profile states that she is an “an independent journalist and activist” who is studying culture at the California University of Pennsylvania. In fact, she doesn’t really exist, and her profile photograph was in fact that of a French actress.FireEye identified the usjournal.net website, which did not respond to requests for comment, as a likely Iranian front organization in 2018. It continues to publish articles under Tacher’s name, promoting the Iranian government’s policies and slamming the country’s adversaries.Usjournal.net has also published articles by real people, including John Feffer, the director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington-based progressive think tank.Feffer said that an anonymous email address associated with usjournal.net had contacted him in 2018 expressing interest in his work. “We accept no corporate or governmental financing or advertisements of any kind,” stated the email, which was seen by Bloomberg and did not mention Iran. “Our aim is to inspire action and advocacy on the human rights, social justice, media, spirituality and religion, equality and peace and more,” the message claimed.The website subsequently published several of Feffer’s articles, which were critical of President Trump and warned about the possibility of a U.S.-Iran war.Nimmo of Graphika described the activity online over the last week as fairly typical. “I have not yet seen signs of the kind of massive centralized operation,” he said. But he also cautioned that online activity can take time to plan and execute in the same way military attacks do. “It’s worth bearing in mind that big information operations are not necessarily that nimble,” he said.To contact the authors of this story: Ryan Gallagher in London at firstname.lastname@example.orgEric Newcomer in New York at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Brustein at firstname.lastname@example.orgFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
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(Bloomberg) -- Iran fired volleys of rockets against U.S.-Iraqi airbases early Wednesday as part of its promised retaliation over the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. His death last week has escalated tensions in the region, and Iran says it’s weighing 13 scenarios for reprisal. The attack by Iran roiled global markets in early trading Wednesday.Key developments:Iran retaliates against U.S. in rocket attack on Iraqi basesU.S. denies Iraq exit after errant letterIn Brussels, the so-called E3 are going to meetIranian threat ends upbeat start for marketsIran’s parliament passes a bill designating Pentagon as “terrorists”Here’s the latest. All times are New York local time:Texas Reports Surge in Cyber Interference (10:18 p.m.)Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that reconnaissance of the state’s computer networks by foreign operatives has surged in the last two days to 10,000 attempts per minute.While it’s not uncommon for adversaries to attempt attacks on an hourly basis, Texas has detected increased activity from “outside the United States, including Iran,” according to the Texas Department of Information Resources.There have been warnings of Iranian cyber attacks in the wake of the killing of an Iranian general in a U.S. airstrike last week.The Texas agency emphasized that it has successfully blocked every attempt to gain entry, but declined to explain exactly where hackers have tried to gain access.The agency “constantly detects and blocks malicious traffic on the networks of the multiple state agencies it services,” according to a statement issued by the state after Abbott met with his domestic terrorism taskforce. “As global threats to cybersecurity increase, we urge Texans to be vigilant and use heightened awareness as they conduct Internet activity.”The Texas statement came three days after the website for the U.S. Federal Depository Library Program was hacked and defaced with “pro-Iranian, anti-U.S. messaging.” The South Alabama Veterans Council was similarly targeted.U.S. Restricts Flights Over Persian Gulf (9:05 p.m.)U.S. aviation regulators issued new restrictions barring civilian flights over Iraq, Iran, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, the agency said Tuesday night in an emailed statement.The effect of the restrictions wasn’t immediately clear because the Federal Aviation Administration had been prohibiting U.S. carriers from flying over most of those areas.“The FAA will continue closely monitoring events in the Middle East,” the agency said in the statement. “We continue coordinating with our national security partners and sharing information with U.S. air carriers and foreign civil aviation authorities.”Separately, Singapore Airlines Ltd. said it would divert its flights to Europe in the wake of the attacks and fears of a wider conflict in the Middle East.“All SIA flight routes are being diverted from the Iranian airspace,” Singapore Air said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg News. The carrier didn’t provide further details.Tehran Says It Fired Rockets at U.S. Base in Iraq (6:32 p.m.)Iran fired tens of rockets at a joint U.S.-Iraqi airbase early Wednesday morning Baghdad time, Iranian state television reported, citing the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.A U.S. defense official confirmed that an attack was underway against the Ayn al-Asad in western Iraq.“We are aware of the reports of attacks on US facilities in Iraq,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. “The president has been briefed and is monitoring the situation closely and consulting with his national security team.”The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps told Iranian state television that further responses will be on the way to the Soleimani strike last week.“The IRGC announces to the great Satan the U.S. that any responses will be met with much more pain and destruction,” the IRGC said.U.S. stock futures fell on the news, with contracts on the Standard & Poor’s 500 index dropping 0.8%.U.S., Iran Seen Having Range of Military Options (5:30 p.m.)A new report from the Congressional Research Service said the U.S. and Iran have a wide range of direct and indirect military options to deploy as tensions between the two countries soar. But, the report adds, military escalation is unlikely to help either side achieve its political goals.Iranian-only targets for the U.S. include Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps navy vessels in the Persian Gulf, nuclear facilities, military bases, ports and oil installations, according to the report. Another option: Iranian proxies.“Attacks on Iranian allies could be limited or expansive -- intended to seriously degrade the military ability of the Iranian ally in question,” according to the report by CRS analysts Kenneth Katzman and Kathleen McInnis. But such actions “could harm the prospects for resolution of U.S.-Iran tensions or the regional conflicts in which Iranian allies operate.”For Iran, its support of armed factions across the Middle East and its stockpile of short-range ballistic missiles offers it the potential to “expand confrontation into areas where U.S. response options might be limited,” the report said.Trump Says Now Isn’t Right Time to Leave Iraq (2:42 p.m.)President Donald Trump said it isn’t the right time for the U.S. to pull out of Iraq after the country’s parliament called for foreign troops to depart and confusion erupted over a draft U.S. letter suggesting preparations for a withdrawal.“Eventually we want to be able to allow Iraq to run its own affairs,” Trump said Tuesday during an Oval Office meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. “This isn’t the right point.”Trump said a U.S. departure would be a mistake because it would give Iran a foothold in the country.Questions about whether the U.S. would exit Iraq swirled on Monday after a letter surfaced that purportedly told military officials in Baghdad that American forces were repositioning in advance of a departure. Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters Monday that the letter was a draft and should never have been sent. Trump said he didn’t know anything about the letter.Separately on Tuesday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he hasn’t received any request from the Iraqi government to withdraw U.S. forces. And he said at the time of last week’s strike, Soleimani was just days away from attacking U.S. forces in Iraq.U.K. Minister Says Iran Nuclear Deal is Still Alive (12:23 p.m.)The U.K.’s defense chief said he doesn’t think the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran is dead, and added that the government is working hard with France and Germany to ensure the agreement doesn’t fall by the wayside.“We don’t think it’s dead, we think that there is still a chance, and we will make sure that despite what’s going on now in the immediate, in the long term, that is the best solution,” Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said on Tuesday, when asked in the House of Commons about the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the accord in 2018 and Iran this week said it will suspend all limits on uranium enrichment activities and remove all curbs on the number of centrifuges required to induce a fission chain reaction.Despite that, Wallace said European allies could seek to pull Iran back to the terms of the deal by using its dispute resolution mechanism, something they’ve yet to try out.Pompeo Derides Claim Soleimani Was on Peace Mission (11:34 a.m)U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo derided claims that Soleimani was in Baghdad on a diplomatic mission when he was killed in a U.S. drone strike, as leaders in Iran and Iraq have claimed.“Anybody here believe that? Is there any history that would indicate that it was remotely possible that this kind gentleman, this diplomat of great order, Qassem Soleimani, had traveled to Baghdad for the idea of conducting a peace mission?” Pompee told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday. “We know that wasn’t true.”Pompeo said the claims by Iranian and Iraqi officials are Iranian propaganda.He again warned Tehran against attacking the U.S., saying President Donald Trump would respond in the same “decisive, serious” way it did against Soleimani.U.S. Companies Told to Brace for Likely Cyberattack (11:05 a.m.)U.S. corporations need to brace for possible cyberattacks within a month as Iran retaliates for the killing of a top military figure, threat experts said Tuesday.“I don’t think they’re going to bring the economy to its knees,” said John Hultquist, director of intelligence analysis at the cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc. “But can they do a lot of damage to individual participants - major companies? Absolutely.”It’s not too late to prepare, Hultquist said in an interview after speaking at a symposium at the Washington office of the Council on Foreign Relations.Priscilla Moriuchi, head of nation-state research at threat tracking firm Recorded Future, said she expects a cyberattack “within a month” but noted that impacts may be unknown for weeks and months after an assault begins. Targets could include oil and gas companies operating in the Middle East, and perhaps public web pages of military bases, she said.Republican Paul Says U.S. Less Safe After Killing (9:55 a.m.)Senator Rand Paul said attacks on U.S. targets are more likely after the killing of Soleimani.“The person who has replaced him has been his assistant general for 22 years, is a hardliner, and now the whole country of Iran is consumed with revenge,” Paul, a Kentucky Republican, told Fox News on Tuesday. “So if you’re asking yourself will there be attacks on America, I think there’s much more likely to be attacks now with his death.”He said the killing “set us back a great deal” and that diplomacy is off the table. “The only possibility now is military escalation,” he said.Soleimani ‘Planning to Kill,’ O’Brien Says (8:47 a.m.)Soleimani “was planning to kill, to attack American facilities and diplomats,” National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien told reporters Tuesday at the White House. “Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who were located at those facilities.” O’Brien said he could not reveal sources and methods for gathering the intelligence “but I can tell you it was very strong.”“As long as there’s bad actors in the world there are always threats to Americans and the Iranians have been making many many threats to the United States over the past several days,” O’Brien said. “We take those seriously. And we’re watching and monitoring them.”U.K. Security Council to Meet on Iran (8:34 a.m.)The U.K.’s National Security Council will meet at 5 p.m. in London, the prime minister’s spokesman James Slack said, adding that Boris Johnson told ministers at their weekly meeting on Tuesday morning that efforts are focused on protecting British citizens and their interests. U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is in Brussels for talks.Defence Secretary Ben Wallace will brief lawmakers in Parliament at 3:30 p.m. and will outline diplomatic and military steps the U.K. is taking in response to the crisis. Slack refused to comment on any legal advice Johnson’s government has received over the killing of Qassem Soleimani.Emergency Meeting of Europeans in Brussels (4:33 a.m.)With tensions rising by the minute, the foreign ministers of the U.K., France and Germany will hold an emergency meeting in Brussels to discuss what -- if anything -- can be done to defuse the situation. With the 2015 nuclear deal all but dead, the pressure is rising to toughen their response.Read more: Europeans Scramble to Work Out What They Can Do About IranStampede Reported at Soleimani’s Funeral (4:20 a.m.)A stampede erupted at the funeral procession and an unspecified number of people have been killed or injured, AP reported, citing Iranian state TV. The head of Iran’s emergency medical services, Pirhossein Koulivand, was cited for the information.Hossein Salami, the leader of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, threatened at the funeral to “set ablaze” places supported by the U.S., AP reported.U.S. Futures Pare Gain on Iran’s Warning of Retaliation (2:45 a.m.)An upbeat start to trading on Tuesday faded as a semi-official news organization in Iran said the country is assessing scenarios for its response to Soleimani’s killing. U.S. equity futures pared gains, while Treasuries and gold reversed declines.Earlier, stocks posted strong gains across Asia amid a general easing of concern about the situation in the Middle East.Shamkhani Says Iran’s Response Will Be ‘Historic Nightmare’ for U.S. (2:30 a.m.)“Even if the weakest of these scenarios gains a consensus, the implementation of it can be a historic nightmare for the Americans,” Ali Shamkhani, head of Iran’s national security council, is cited as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency. “For now, for intelligence reasons, we cannot provide more information to the media,” he says.Iran is assessing 13 scenarios for retaliation, Shamkhani was cited as saying. “The entirety of the resistance forces will retaliate” for Soleimani’s killing, he says.Zarif Says He’ll Attend Davos (2 a.m.)Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos this year, Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger reported, citing organizers of the meeting. A spokesman for the event, which will be held from Jan. 21 to Jan. 24, wasn’t immediately available to comment. The news comes after Zarif was denied a visa to travel to New York for meetings at the United Nations, according to a person familiar with the matter on Monday evening. The person said the U.S. had to take certain precautions after Soleimani’s killing.As part of its agreement to host the UN headquarters, the U.S. is obligated to approve visas for official travel to the global body.The U.S. and Iranian missions to the UN didn’t immediately reply to questions about the status of the visa request.Zarif Says Regional War Could Drag On ‘for Generations’ (1:55 a.m.)Speaking in Tehran, Zarif said the Middle East will have to deal with war “for generations” if it relies on the U.S.The countdown has begun for America’s exit from the region, he said.Germany to Temporarily Withdraw Some Troops (1:45 a.m.)Germany will temporarily move some troops from Iraq who were taking part in a training mission there, according to a lawmaker from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party.Of Germany’s 120 soldiers in Iraq, between 30 and 40 will transfer to Jordan, CDU lawmaker Roderich Kiesewetter said in an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio. The mission will continue, although it has been suspended for the time being, Kiesewetter added.“Of course, if the Iraqi government decides that all foreign troops should withdraw it would affect the training mission and have grave consequences for the fight against IS,” Kiesewetter said. “We would be well advised to make it clear to the Iraqi government what it would mean if 67 states withdrew from the whole region.”U.S. Embassy in Lebanon Tightens Security (1:45 a.m.)The U.S. embassy in Beirut is waiting for security backup from American military forces in Italy in anticipation that Iran will retaliate for the killing of its most powerful general, the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported.It’s unclear whether the backup will arrive by air or sea, an unidentified military official familiar with the matter told the London-based newspaper.U.S. Forces Designated as “Terrorists” by Iranian Lawmakers (1:30 a.m.)Parliament in Tehran passed a bill in retaliation to U.S. actions, according to ICANA, the legislative body’s official news service.Under the legislation, which expands a previous bill that blacklisted U.S. Central Command, “all members of the Pentagon and related companies, as well as actors and commanders involved in the martyrdom of Qassem Soleimani, are designated in the list of terror groups.”Earlier:Trump Vows Sanctions on Ally Iraq, Toughens Rhetoric on Iran (1)Europeans Scramble to Work Out What They Can Do About Iran (2)Forwards Traders Raise Speculative Bets Against Gulf CurrenciesTrump Threat to Attack Iran’s Cultural Treasures Spurs BacklashIran Says Not Bound by Nukes Deal in New Soleimani Fallout (4)\--With assistance from Arsalan Shahla, Richard Bravo, Nikos Chrysoloras, Thomas Penny, Jennifer Jacobs, Todd Shields, Nick Wadhams, Alex Morales, Justin Sink, Glen Carey, Kyunghee Park and Alan Levin.To contact the reporter on this story: Kartikay Mehrotra in San Francisco at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Bill Faries at firstname.lastname@example.org, ;Lin Noueihed at email@example.com, John Harney, Chelsea MesFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Intensified U.S.-Iran tensions have raised cybersecurity concerns given the previous cyber-attacks launched by the latter. This should give a boost to cybersecurity stocks.