'US aids Gulf allies to counter Iran cyber-attacks'

'NY Times' reports that the US is providing help to Persian Gulf states most active in providing the US with intelligence.

June 9, 2013 10:05
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The US has begun aiding Persian Gulf countries to defend against cyber attacks from Iran according to senior American officials, The New York Times reported on Saturday. 

The officials did not say which Gulf countries were receiving help from the US, but according to some sources that the report cited, they included the countries most active in tracking and intercepting Iranian arms and providing the US with intelligence.

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According to the report, the countries most involved in such intelligence gathering and thus most likely to receive the assistance from the US are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.  

The officials told the Times that the US is providing similar assistance against North Korean computer network attacks to allies in Asia.

The Guardian on Friday, reported that US President Barack Obama issued a policy directive last October ordering his senior national security and intelligence officials to draw up a list of potential targets for US cyber attacks or Offensive Cyber Effects Operations.

The Times report cited the joint Israeli-US cyber attack on Iran's nuclear enrichment system, as the only "major case" when the the US used offensive cyber-weapons. 

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An Israeli military official said Israel had evidence that Iran and North Korea were collaborating on developing cyber-weapons, but US officials said there was no evidence of such collaboration, according to the Times report. The Israeli official did not say what specific evidence Israel had, the Times reported.

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