Well this is awkward. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has hacked the email and social media accounts of White House personnel thanks to a computer the military group seized from an Iranian-American businessman arrested in Tehran last month:
Just because Iran arrests an American, steals his laptop & hacks his USG contacts doesn’t mean it’s a bad deal https://t.co/HK9UAqaevU
— Eli Lake (@EliLake) November 5, 2015
— Fox News Politics (@foxnewspolitics) November 5, 2015
— Omri Ceren (@cerenomri) November 5, 2015
Our negotiating partner https://t.co/eIFlCyTY4B
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) November 5, 2015
And it’s not just White Hose and State Department personnel who were hacked. “Journalists and academics” have been targeted, too. From the WSJ:
Obama administration personnel are among a larger group of people who have had their computer systems hacked in recent weeks, including journalists and academics, the officials said. Those attacked in the administration included officials working at the State Department’s Office of Iranian Affairs and its Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.
“U.S. officials were among many who were targeted by recent cyberattacks,” said an administration official, adding that the U.S. is still investigating possible links to the Namazi case. “U.S. officials believe some of the more recent attacks may be linked to reports of detained dual citizens and others.”
Exit question: Do we still have to pay Iran the $150 billion in sanctions relief?
IRGC sends Obama thank you notes for the $150 billion | https://t.co/IeC7FE5aei
— Mike Doran (@Doranimated) November 5, 2015