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December 14, 2011

Report: Iranian and Venezuelan Diplomats in Mexico Plot to Conduct Cyberattacks Against U.S. Targets, Including Nuclear Power Plants

Topics: Iran, Political News and commentaries

While Barack Obama fumbles over handling Iran's seizure of our RQ-170 stealth drone, it's attack on the British embassy, and imminent acquisition of nuclear weapons, the Iranians are apparently plotting with their Marxist friends in Latin America to wage cyber warfare against the United States.

Shaun Waterman reports at the Washington Times:

U.S. officials are investigating reports that Iranian and Venezuelan diplomats in Mexico were involved in planned cyberattacks against U.S. targets, including nuclear power plants.

Allegations about the cyberplot were aired last week in a documentary on the Spanish-language TV network Univision, which included secretly recorded footage of Iranian and Venezuelan diplomats being briefed on the planned attacks and promising to pass information to their governments.

A former computer instructor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico told Univision that he was recruited by a professor there in 2006 to organize a group of student hackers to carry out cyberattacks against the United States, initially at the behest of the Cuban Embassy.

In an undercover sting, instructor Juan Carlos Munoz Ledo and several selected students infiltrated the hackers and secretly videotaped the Iranian and Venezuelan diplomats.

Reports about Iran's involvement in the suspected plot come amid the Islamic republic's refusal to return a sophisticated, unmanned U.S. spy plane that crashed inside its borders this month. Iranian officials have laid claim to the drone, vowing to research it for its technology.

Calling the reports "disturbing," State Department spokesman William Ostick said federal authorities are examining the cyberplot allegations but added that U.S. officials "don't have any information at this point to corroborate them."

Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat and chairman of theSenate Foreign Relations subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, called for hearings in the new year about Iranian activities in Latin America.

Some House lawmakers called for the expulsion of a Venezuelan diplomat in the U.S. who is implicated in the suspected plot.

Some House lawmakers called for the expulsion of a Venezuelan diplomat in the U.S. who is implicated in the suspected plot.

The Univision documentary fanned fears among lawmakers that Iran's recent diplomatic outreach in the region, particularly to Venezuela's anti-American leftist President Hugo Chavez, might be a front for nefarious activities.

... In the secretly recorded meetings with the Venezuelan and Iranian diplomats, the hackers discussed possible targets, including the FBI, the CIA and the Pentagon, and nuclear facilities, both military and civilian.

Read more here.

So let's see here ... let me make sure I get this straight. Barack Obama rejected destroying our Iranian-captured drone, giving up one of our most strategic and tactical advantages, because he didn't want to do anything that could be "perceived as an act of war" - all while the Iranians have been actively plotting next door in Mexico to conduct cyberattacks against our FBI, the CIA and the Pentagon, and nuclear facilities, both military and civilian, as they work at a feverish pace back in Iran to develop nuclear weapons to destroy Israel and the U.S., and pass around to their Islamic terrorist friends.

Hmmmm...

Perhaps our commander-in-chief believes "acts of war" only pertain to our side abstaining from them ... or that our country is suppose to be in rubble before we should take action.

Posted by Hyscience at December 14, 2011 2:56 PM



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