(Great Power War) The Iranians are a regional military power, without question, but lack the weapons and firepower to reach out globally. So striking the U.S. homeland with conventional weapons amid increased tensions isn’t possible.
But that doesn’t mean the Islamic republic doesn’t have the capability to strike America asymmetrically.
For years, the Iranian regime has built a fairly potent cyber warfare capability that they could now deploy against American infrastructure, corporations, and even military assets.
As noted by the Brookings Institute:
In 2007, a computer virus crippled centrifuges at Iran’s uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, setting back its nuclear program by years. The Stuxnet attack — not uncovered until a few years later — taught the revolutionary regime in Tehran a valuable lesson about how effective cyber weapons can be, prompting Tehran to invest heavily in cyber capabilities of its own. The results speak for themselves: Iranian hacking groups have graduated from conventional distributed denial of service (DDoS) and domain name system (DNS) attacks to more sophisticated operations against critical infrastructure and industrial control systems.
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