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With Iran deal revoked, US bracing for retaliatory cyberattacks

Cybersecurity experts in the U.S. and Israel said Iran might carry out retaliatory cyberattacks amid President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, The New York Times reported May 11.

Trump said May 8 that the U.S. would withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Experts observing Iran's cyber activities have warned that Iranian hackers have sent malware-containing emails to diplomats linked with the U.S., the Times said. The hackers have also been probing internet addresses belonging to U.S. military installations in Europe over the last two months.

Now, experts are worried that Iranian hackers could increase their list of targets, the report said.

The U.S. Justice Department recently charged nine Iranians with a massive state-sponsored hacking campaign into universities, businesses and government agencies. The charges came after Trump said in January that he would not extend a waiver on sanctions on Iran.

The charges included conspiracy to commit computer intrusions, wire fraud and identity theft. A federal grand jury in the Southern District of New York handed down the indictments.