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US Government Publishing Office Website Defaced

The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) website was attacked by a group of hackers claiming to represent the government of Iran.

An obscure US federal website was attacked and vandalized on January 4, resulting in the site being taken down for more than 24 hours.

A group claiming to represent the Islamic Republic of Iran launched the attack against the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) website, changing its landing page to include a statement in Farsi and a Photoshopped image of President Trump bring struck by a fist representing the Revolutionary Guard.

The hack and defacement came on the heels of a US airstrike on Friday that killed Iran Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani.

The FDLP, whose site is now operating normally, has a mission to, “…provide free, ready, and permanent public access to Federal Government information, now and for future generations.” It operates under the Government Publishing Office.

Chris Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS, on Saturday via Twitter warned organizations to renew their vigilance against potential Iranian cyberattacks, especially attacks concerning industrial control systems.

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