Security experts have warned that a US attack in Baghdad could result in a cyber-attack in Tehran revenge fire over the death of Iranian army chief Qasim Sulaimani.
Iranian hackers could potentially target oil, gas plants and transit systems, according to AP, which has prompted US cybersecurity to alert businesses and government agencies to be extra vigilant.
Iranian hackers can spread extraordinary catastrophe, said John Holquist, director of the cybersecurity firm Fire Eye.
On the other hand, experts claim that Iran has been investigating and trying to gain access to the US industrial system in recent years, but Iranian hackers have restricted their destructive attacks to the Middle East.
It is not known, however, whether Iranian hackers have inserted destructive 'malware (viruses) into the US infrastructure as this malware can be infected at any time.
In this regard, John Holquist said, "It is certainly possible but we have not actually seen it yet".
Meanwhile, Iranian hackers have been aggressive in their efforts to gain access to utilities, factories and oil and gas installations, said Robert M. Lee, chief executive of Dragos Inc., which specializes in protecting industrial control systems.
He added that 'this does not mean they have succeeded'.
However, Robert M. Lee added that in 2013 Iranian hackers broke into an American dam control system, 'but perhaps they were unaware that the cyber-attack they attacked was 20 miles north of New York City. Had a small system. '
According to cyber experts, Iranian hackers are steadily increasing their capabilities, but they are not the same as hackers like China or Russia.
Experts agree that Russia's state hackers have stepped up to sabotage key infrastructure, as exemplified by attacks on Ukraine's electricity grid and elections.
In addition, Robert M. Lee said that 'the worst-case scenario would be a municipal or cooperative cyber-attack where electricity would be disconnected in the city or some neighbouring cities'.
On February 13 last year, the United States arrested a former Air Force intelligence officer accused of "spying" for Iran.
The US Department of Justice alleges that 39-year-old Monica Weight helped lead the revolution in cyber-attacks on US military.
US officials have alleged that Monica Weight retaliated against her country on the basis of 'ideology' and provided details of US sensitive operations and US spies to Tehran.
In addition, in March 2019, the US newspaper The Wall Street Journal revealed in its report that cyber-attacks linked to Iranian hackers have been detected that have targeted thousands of more than 200 companies in the last two years.
Iranian hackers steal corporate secrets and clear data from computers during a hacking