Remember when Iran hacked our Navy computers?

posted at 4:01 pm on September 28, 2013 by Jazz Shaw

It’s amazing how quickly things have turned around with Iran, isn’t it? It seems like only weeks ago that they were part of the Axis of Evil, waiting to unleash nuclear destruction on the world and bring down the West. But seemingly in the blink of an eye, the President is on the phone with the new public face of Iran and our Secretary of State is saying that the nuclear standoff could be over in a matter of weeks. The future’s so bright I’m wearing shades, and it’s tough to see how any fly could possibly land in the ointment at this point. Unless….

Iran hacked unclassified Navy computers within the last few weeks, according to anonymous U.S. officials.

The officials say the attacks, which breached an unclassified computer network, were done by hackers working directly for the Iranian government or for a group acting with governmental approval. They said that they do not believe that any data of significant importance was stolen. Iranian cyber-warfare capabilities were previously thought to be negligible, and Iranian attacks typically focused on American banks and energy companies.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey have both been briefed on the intrusions, as has Congress.

If, as the report indicates, “news of the attack” broke shortly after the President’s now famous Phone-A-Friend moment with Rouhani, one assumes that we knew about it a bit beforehand. Did nobody think to mention it to the President? Or was that not enough to put off the cell phone summit? I wonder if it came up on the call, but just wasn’t worth mentioning during the winners circle interviews with the media afterward.

Yes, it’s true that pretty much everyone is spying on everyone, as the NSA has clearly shown. And it’s not just an “us vs. them” situation, either. We seem to spy on our own allies and some of them do the same to us. (Heck, Israel is apparently spying on us, and we return the favor.) But it’s a lot easier to look the other way once in a while when it’s your friends, and another thing entirely when you’re getting hacked by somebody who is a constant topic of possible bombing runs. But then again, perhaps this is just the new normal. Either way, it’s poor timing for this sort of revelation just as our crack diplomatic team is ready to ring up a huge “victory” in international peace, love and understanding.


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Why bother hacking? I’m sure if they asked, Obama would give them anything they want. In the interests of ‘peace and mutual understanding’, of course.

I’n sure McCain would be glad to do it, too, but for a ‘campaign contribution’ a la the Keating Five scandal.

Liam on September 28, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Preezy needs something to bolster his self image and the media is ready to deliver on anything.

jukin3 on September 28, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Or was that not enough to put off the cell phone summit?

When you’re more interested in taking America down a notch or three, nothing will interfere with that.

rbj on September 28, 2013 at 4:21 PM

They probably got Obama over a barrel now. Those computers had his college transcripts in them.

astonerii on September 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Iran hacked unclassified Navy computers within the last few weeks, according to anonymous U.S. officials.

Either way, it’s poor timing for this sort of revelation just as our crack diplomatic team is ready to ring up a huge “victory” in international peace, love and understanding.

Timing has nothing to do with this.

Happy Nomad on September 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Gosh, I hope they know what kind of beer to serve Rouhani in the Rose Garden. Obviously, the Navy must have acted stupidly or something.

DarthBrooks on September 28, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Did nobody think to mention it to the President?

Probably in that pile of briefing papers he never reads. It’s always bad news, and Barry hates bad news.

BUT, it’s not “bad news” if you never read it. RIGHT?

GarandFan on September 28, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Dear Obama,
Your Muslim handlers have led you to your goal as President…
the Iranian Rope-A-Dope has begun.
Just like Putin and Syria took advantage of your narcissistic ego and made you the fool, the Iranians will do it 10 times as bad.

albill on September 28, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Probably in that pile of briefing papers he never reads. It’s always bad news, and Barry hates bad news.

BUT, it’s not “bad news” if you never read it. RIGHT?

GarandFan on September 28, 2013 at 4:43 PM

What’s the point of being dictator if you have to read stuff (other than the teleprompter)?

Happy Nomad on September 28, 2013 at 5:06 PM

…didn’t we give them a drone…without a blemish?

KOOLAID2 on September 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM

And in related news, the Iranians hacked a CIA drone and the Air Force has introduced a F-16 drone.

And O’bozo met with Rouhani.

WryTrvllr on September 28, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Of course when you get exposed spying on just about every government in the world , who can really get upset that someone is spying or hacking you?

Don L on September 28, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Does anyone really believe that line that there are unclassified military computer networks around?

Does Obama, after getting embarrassed by Benghazi , then the IRS then Putin and Syria, seem like the kind of guy that would announce that as CIC he failed to protect military secrets?

Don L on September 28, 2013 at 6:38 PM

It’s “hacked” if Iran breaks into our Navy, but “surveilled” if we break into theirs. Don’t want to equate the motives, just highlight the description of the activity.

elfman on September 28, 2013 at 10:04 PM

OT: Islamic atrocity of the week day hour

Shy Guy on September 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey have both been briefed on the intrusions, as has Congress.

Add Gigolo Jean Kerée to the mix and you have a trifecta of buffoons.
The ‘Chief Joints’ as well as all of the heads of the alphabet (alleged) “spy agencies” and that foretells the doom of America.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on September 29, 2013 at 10:17 AM