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Iran Among Countries Affected by a Cyberattack That Left U.S. Flag on Screens

A hacking incident over the weekend attacked networks in a number of countries including data centers in Iran where they left the image of a U.S. flag on screens along with a warning: "Don't mess with our elections." Reuter reports: "The attack apparently affected 200,000 router switches across the world in a widespread attack, including 3,500 switches in our country [said Iran's Communication and Information Technology Ministry]. [T]he attack, which hit internet service providers and cut off web access for subscribers, was made possible by a vulnerability in routers from Cisco which had earlier issued a warning and provided a patch that some firms had failed to install over the Iranian new year holiday." The attack is reported to have been neutralized with hours and that no data has been lost.

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