Hacking attempts originating in Iran nearly triple following Soleimani strike, researchers say

Washington, DC (CNN Business)Hackers looking to breach US computer networks sharply intensified their efforts following the death of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani, but have had limited success, according to internet security researchers and state government officials. “That would be very atypical to happen on its own,” Prince said of the spike. “That, I think, you can safely correlate directly to the death of the Iranian general.” Even as malicious activity increased from within Iran, attacks originating from other countries also grew, Prince said. That could indicate sophisticated Iranian attackers masking their locations, said Prince, or it could suggest that non-Iranian hackers are taking advantage of a chaotic situation. Some of the increase in activity reflects so-called “denial of service” …