Bahrain targeted by Iranian hackers as tensions rise in the Persian Gulf
Iranian state-backed hackers breached various government networks in Bahrain earlier this week, the The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. The campaign targeted the country’s National Security Agency, the Ministry of Interior and the office of the first deputy prime minister. Last month, Iranian threat actors also targeted Bahrain’s Electricity and Water Authority.
According to the report, the US and other allies have provided Bahrain with evidence of Iran’s involvement in the attack, but Bahrain authorities “haven’t definitively attributed the attack to Iran” yet. Tensions in the Persian Gulf, were Bahrain is located, have surged in recent months, with Iran seizing multiple foreign oil tankers out of frustration over US sanctions and a perceived lack of action by European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to mitigate those sanctions.