After the elimination of Qasem Soleimani, the head of the notorious Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force and the man responsible for the death and misery of millions in the Middle East, by the U.S. military, rumors were circulating on social claiming Iran will retaliate through cyber attacks.
It didn’t take long for these rumors to become a reality and the Federal Depository Library Program (fldp.gov) was hacked.
The hackers defaced the website’s home page with pro-Iran propaganda posters. At the time of this publication, the fdlp.gov website has not been restored and is out of reach for the public. A spokesperson for the U.S. Homeland Security Department told the media it remains unclear if this hacking was carried out by the Iranians.
It is worth mentioning that government’s websites are in general less secure than private company websites, and are considered low-class bait for hackers.
Cyber security experts do not categorize these types of attacks as measures targeting the U.S. infrastructure. Despite the fact that an official U.S. government website was hacked, no essential information was stolen. It is also worth noting that the alleged hacking was carried out due to a vulnerability in Drupal CMS.