Report: US Launches Cyberattack on Alleged Iranian Spy Ship

The United States launched a recent cyberattack against an Iranian military ship in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, which had been gathering intelligence on cargo vessels, NBC News reported on Thursday, citing three US officials. The cyberattack occurred as part of the US government’s response to a drone attack by Iranian-backed militias in Iraq, which resulted in the deaths of three US service members in Jordan and the injury of dozens of others. The operation aimed to disrupt the ship’s ability to share intelligence with Houthi militants in Yemen. The Iran-aligned Houthi have been targeting commercial vessels in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden with exploding drones and missiles, causing trade disruptions between Asia and Europe and concerns about supply chain delays. The US military has retaliated with strikes against the Houthi group, with President Joe Biden emphasizing that the strikes will continue despite their limited impact on the group’s attacks. The White House National Security Council did not immediately respond to NBC News’ report.