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Iranian Government Behind Boston Children’s Hospital Ransomeware Attack – The Organization for World Peace

On Wednesday, June 1, FBI Director Christopher Wray confirmed that the Iranian government was responsible for the cyberattack on Boston Children’s Hospital last year. The hospital’s computer network was hacked in the attack, a breach against US health care that has become more common in recent years. According to The Wall Street Journal, potential damage to the hospital had been thwarted in advance; however, it remains significant that a ransomware attack, usually carried out by individuals, was commissioned by a foreign government.

As 10 Boston reported, the FBI worked closely with Boston Children’s Hospital after the attack to discuss establishing stricter protection and protocols in case something similar happens again. The focus on potential future attacks is representative of the growing regularity of cyberattacks and informal methods of conflict between states.

Ransomware attacks are cyberattacks that lock down and encrypt the victim’s data, which is then used to hold a ransom, most often for a fee. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, healthcare has been a primary target of ransomware attacks, as the medical information encrypted in the attack solicits an urgent and lucrative response from its victims.

The use of ransomware as a means of cyber attacking the United States is representative of a broader trend of cyber warfare against the United States in current geopolitics. This has been most publicly apparent regarding Russian cyber attacks on the United States. Russia’s breach of US cybersecurity has made it a priority of national security efforts, particularly the defense of critical US infrastructure, which the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has closely and consistently observed within the US government.

According to CNN, Wray said in a statement to Boston College on Wednesday that this attack on Boston Children’s Hospital was “one of the most despicable cyberattacks I’ve seen.” The news agency also reported that it was likely done amid nuclear talks between Iran and the United States, which began shortly after US President Joe Biden took office in January 2021. The fact that the resumption of talks on the nuclear agreement with Iran has prompted this response from the Iranian government could have an impact on the future of these discussions; however, the Biden administration is unlikely to stop participating in nuclear deal talks.

The Biden administration’s response to the Iranian government’s cyberattack on Boston Children’s Hospital represents the United States’ relentless drive to pursue a nuclear deal despite the violation of American sovereignty and the security of the American people. However, the prospect of a restored nuclear deal is fading and will continue to do so as long as Iranian aggression violates peaceful relations between the two nations. This creates a difficult decision to prioritize international cybersecurity or the movement towards nuclear disarmament and neutrality, a situation that seems to have no possibility of peace. It is also critical to note that the Iranian government’s attack was aimed at the most vulnerable American citizens, an action that reflects the ever-changing nature of warfare and diplomacy in modern world politics.