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The US Treasury Department has issued sanctions against Iran's intelligence agency in response to that country's cyberattack against Albania and other "cyber-enabled activities against the United States and its allies." Earlier this week, NATO ally Albania cut its diplomatic relations with Iran after blaming a July cyberattack …

  1. VoiceOfTruth Silver badge

    The American pot...

    The whole world should sanction the USA. If Germany had any balls it would have done when Merkel's phone was bugged. The USA knows all the peccadillos of the politicians - thanks to its spying. It only has to mention that they might be revealed for "our" politicians to bend over just that bit further.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: The American pot...

      Of course we should comrade.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: The American pot...

      Don’t you ever give up? Drip, drip, dripping your poison into the ears of everyone here. You realize you’re about as convincing as soviet tractor production statistics?

      Piss off and go play with your friends on Russia Today.

      1. Lordrobot

        Re: The American pot...

        Well forget the Tractor production but realize that somehow Russia is now the largest Exporter of Winter Wheat having taken the crown from the US by a wide margin in spite of the robust Tractor production in Murica...

        Moral of the story... Tractors alone don't put Wheat on the table.

        Oh yes, those were the Obamer and Trump Stalingad Sanctions intended to starve the Russian People over Putin doing something or other.

        1. Casca Bronze badge

          Re: The American pot...

          Thanks for the lies Vatnik

  2. GrapeBunch

    The Wisdom of MOIS-es

    "While these latest sanctions won't be a serious roadblock for the Iranian regime's online army, they do provide another avenue to go after American companies seeking to do business in the theocracy. ® ®"

    is the concluding paragraph. My issue, by comparison, is a trivial one. They call the Iranian agency MOIS, an acronym of four or five English words. English is not Iran's national language. Back in my day, scary foreign agencies had acronyms in their own tongue, such as NKVD and KGB. Is using an English acronym a way of belittling the opposition? A sub-issue is that intelligence agencies are prodigious liars. It's part of the job. "That was then, this is now." don't cut it no more. "We are aware of these Mandiant-associated claims. At this point, we do not have any evidence to support their claims. We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops." , to slightly edit a statement from one of Mandiant's own press releases.

  3. Lordrobot

    IRAN's Persian Luck...

    "Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson in a statement. "We will not tolerate Iran's increasingly aggressive cyber activities targeting the United States or our allies and partners."

    Sure you will, you will tolerate it and cry a lot.

    Iranians are interesting. They are a democracy albeit a theo-democracy... compared to the US Plutocracy... Aren't the religious right in murica also interested in this sort of thing for their Middle Eastern Religion too? Sure they are... How many Southern Fried Idiots have you heard say, "We need to bring God back into our Government." I thought Trump was God... My heavens didn't the colonist learn a damn thing about secularity from the Church of England?

    Iranians are smart. They have wonderful technology and they have lots of oil money.

    But the biggest bit of luck for Iranians is LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION... With just a handful of missiles, and they make a damn good missile, just as the British made a damn good Spitfire [The aircraft not the car.]

    With those missiles, Iran can shut down Saudi oil in mere minutes. Trump wanted to Nuke Iran until the Joint Chiefs sat around and had a good laugh and had to explain to Trump where Iran was located in relationship to global oil from the Gulf.

    Israel talks tough but they are not entirely sure that Iran doesn't have the bomb.

    AT present the US has sanctions on 40% of the world population... What exactly is the USA doing in the Middle East and Persia? The US killed more than 1 million Iraqis. In Yemen US pilots were blowing up elementary school buses and turning ten-year-olds into smoking meat chunks.

    "Rodger that, this is Tom Cruz... top gun with two school bus kills to start the morning off right." [Followed by the obligatory Tom Cruz fake over-the-top laugh.] Yes Tom we share your bloody Murican joy in the morning.

    1. Paul Crawford Silver badge

      Re: IRAN's Persian Luck...

      Iranians are interesting. They are a democracy albeit a theo-democracy.

      Iran, its people and enormously long history of culture are indeed very interesting. However, they are not a democracy, just like Hong Kong and Russia are no longer democracies, as no one can stand for election that oppose the current regime's views in any meaningful way. In fact, simply expressing a view can get you jailed or result in an accident involving a high hospital window.

      Aren't the religious right in murica also interested in this sort of thing for their Middle Eastern Religion too? Sure they are... How many Southern Fried Idiots have you heard say, "We need to bring God back into our Government." I thought Trump was God... My heavens didn't the colonist learn a damn thing about secularity from the Church of England?

      Sadly I have to concede you have a point there.

      1. PhilipN Silver badge

        Re: IRAN's Persian Luck...

        When was Hong Kong a democracy according to your definition?

  4. Professor_Iron

    The political background

    The story is that Albania houses the anti-Iran spearhead of the US. The Balkan state is otherwise not to popular within it's neighbours, but they are the location of the biggest Mojahedin headquarter and training center known as Ashraf-3 with US funding (Iranian opposition party/rebels for the young ones). It's pretty easy to destabilize as there recently was an election and change of leading political power and they're also trying to get into the EU - needless to say the EU wouldn't really like a country with an Iranian opposition camp located in it, so the current government will have to decide what to do with the Mojahedin compound. The cyberattack is probably meant to be a strong nudge towards the "ditch them" direction.

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