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DHS’ Christopher Krebs on Iran’s Potential Cyber Retaliation

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Christopher Krebs
Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said in a podcast Thursday that an immediate attack from Iran’s cyber threat actors would have occurred by now in retaliation for the death of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani as a result of a drone strike, Fifth Domain reported Saturday.

“If they were going to do something cyber — cybery — they would probably already be in a position and take the shot. We saw that they really didn’t," Krebs, a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said during the National Security Law podcast.

He later issued a clarification on Twitter about his statements during the podcast. “Let me jump in, my point in the podcast was that immediate cyber retaliation would likely depend on existing access, in part, as you said, new access takes time," Krebs said in a tweet. “Didn’t say Cyber was off the table longer term, that’s why the @DHSgov [National Terrorism Advisory System] Iran bulletin remains in place.”