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FBI: Iran Regime-Backed Hackers Targeted Boston Children’s Hospital

FBI: Iran Regime-Backed Hackers Targeted Boston Children’s Hospital

FBI Director Wray: The foiled Iranian cyberattack on children’s hospital “one of the most despicable cyberattacks I’ve seen.”

The FBI disclosed Wednesday that the Iranian regime-backed hackers tried to stage a cyberattack against a Boston Children’s Hospital. “The FBI thwarted a planned cyberattack on a children’s hospital in Boston that was to have been carried out by hackers sponsored by the Iranian government,” The Associated Press reported citing the FBI Director Christopher Wray.

The FBI director described the Iranian attempt to strike the patient care at a children’s hospital, which occurred in the summer of 2021, as “one of the most despicable cyberattacks I’ve seen.”

The multi-pronged Iranian cyber attack involved “a system-wide shutdown that could have affected care of children who were patients at the hospital or ransom demands,” CBS News reported citing a U.S. official.

Reuters reported the details of the foiled Iranian cyber attack:

Hackers sponsored by the Iranian government last year attempted a “despicable” cyber attack against Boston Children’s Hospital that threatened to disrupt services to patients, FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Wednesday.

Wray, in a speech delivered at a conference hosted by Boston College, detailed the incident as he warned about the rising threat cyber attacks sponsored by nation states like Iran, Russia and China pose to companies and U.S. infrastructure.

“We got a report from one of our intelligence partners indicating Boston Children’s was about to be targeted, and understanding the urgency of the situation, the cyber squad in our Boston field office raced out to notify the hospital,” Wray said.

The FBI said it contacted the hospital in August 2021, and Wray said officials were able to quickly get the nationally renowned children’s hospital the information it needed to “stop the danger right away” and mitigate the threat.

“Quick actions by everyone involved, especially at the hospital, protected both the network and the sick kids that depend on it,” Wray said in the most extensive disclosure by U.S. authorities of the incident.

Wray in March said that Iranian-sponsored hackers had in June 2021 compromised an unnamed children’s hospital.

Boston Children’s Hospital, a 395-bed facility, in a statement confirmed that FBI and its staff had “proactively thwarted the threat to our network.”

Wray called the incident “one of the most despicable cyberattacks I have ever seen” and an example of the increasing risks hospitals and other providers of critical infrastructure face from hackers, including state-sponsored ones.

“If malicious cyber actors are going to purposefully cause destruction, or hold data and systems for ransom, they tend to hit us somewhere that’s really going to hurt,” Wray said.

Iran’s Cyberwar Against the U.S.

This is not an isolated cyberattack by the Iranian regime-sponsored actors. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the regime’s international terrorist arm, has been spearheading a cyber warfare campaign against the United States.

Last year alone, several Iranian cyberattacks aimed the U.S. servicemen, government officials and companies came to light. In a massive operation, Iranian agents hacked U.S., European and Israeli companies “producing military-grade radars, drone technology, satellite systems, and emergency response communication systems,” the Jerusalem Post noted in October 2021.

The Iranian cyberattack on the children’s hospital occurred as President Joe Biden’s administration was in the middle of a diplomatic effort to restore the 2015 nuclear deal. The Biden White House eased several key Trump-era sanctions and offered other concessions to coax the Mullah regime back into the flawed nuclear agreement.

Iran’s Advancing Nuke Program

Despite President Biden’s attempts to appease Iran, there are growing signs that the regime is racing to build a nuclear bomb.

Earlier this week, the Israeli government released fresh evidence that Iran has been spying on the United Nation’s atomic agency IAEA, which monitors the regime’s nuclear activities. “Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday published documents he said were taken from Iran and show Iranian intelligence spied on the UN’s atomic agency in order to better cover up its rogue nuclear activities,” The Times of Israel reported.

On Monday, IAEA disclosed that it had discovered nuclear material in three undeclared sites in Iran. The UN watchdog added that the regime has failed to explain how the material got there. The IAEA report says that “Iran has not credibly answered the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s long-standing questions on the origin of uranium particles found at three undeclared sites,” Reuters noted.

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Forgive me if I don’t believe Wray or pretty much any other FBI agent’s word. My guess is some more FBI malfeasance is about to come to light.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Paddy M. | June 2, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    Except for rural county sheriffs, I trust NO cops.

      MattMusson in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | June 2, 2022 at 6:03 pm

      The NSA announced today that the US is using offensive hacking against Russia over the Ukraine war.

      Because we were not already close enough to nuclear war.

        henrybowman in reply to MattMusson. | June 2, 2022 at 8:29 pm

        In related news. a DDOS attack was unleashed today against The Daily Wire to prevent people from viewing their newly-released movie, What Is A Woman?

        I’m so old, I remember when the fedguv had their panties all in a twist about passing more and more legislation to address the novel terrors of cybercrime, cyberbullying, cyberintrusion, and all that Tron-sounding crap. One wonders why they bothered, because clearly either the nonsense that they passed is 100% unenforceable, or they just can’t be bothered to enforce any of it.

        Barry in reply to MattMusson. | June 2, 2022 at 8:56 pm

        “Because we were not already close enough to nuclear war.”

        Precisely how close are we to nuclear war, Matt?

    DelightLaw1 in reply to Paddy M. | June 4, 2022 at 6:33 am

    Wait a minute ~ the article says the FBI knew about the attack in March 2021, and “raced out to Children’s Hospital in AUGUST”???

    What happened in the meantime?

MoeHowardwasright | June 2, 2022 at 3:40 pm

The Iranians will not stop until they have the bomb. They will then try to ignite a nuclear exchange. They believe that the 12th Imam will come out of the sacred well in Quom. It’s the Shia beliefs.

We should nuke Iran and be done with them once and for all. And let’s ask John Kerry what he thinks about the hacking – the traitorous bastard that he is.

Well I know a country that we could dispose of all our old dirty nukes in… We owe them for the 83 Marine barracks bombing and the interest rate for that has been building daily.

Is there anyone out there that still believes a word coming from the FBI?

For all I know they are just trying to get attention away from all the evil anti-American crap they have been pulling for years now.

    Barry in reply to Exiliado. | June 2, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    I don’t believe a damn thing they have to say. If they said the sun will rise tomorrow morning I’d stock up on flashlights and battery’s.

The US should form a special ops team that is tasked with tracking down and assassinating anyone who hacks or attempts to hack our infrastructure.