Iran Hackers Hit Genetics Website

The website of the UK’s Human Genetics Commission was hit by a politically-motivated hack earlier this week. Iranian hackers struck the website in protest of the post-World War II plot by the United States and UK to overthrow the democratically-elected leader of Iran.

Following the nationalization of the oil industry in Iran, Mohammed Mossadegh was targeted by the U.S. and UK governments for a coup in 1953. The website has since been restored to normal.

It isn’t presently clear why the Iranian hackers went after the Human Genetics Commission’s website. However, security researchers say in order to carry out the hack, the hackers must have had administrative access to the site.

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