The New York Times reported that the United States launched a cyberattack against Iran in June, erasing the database and computer systems used by Iranian paramilitary forces to secretly attack the Persian Gulf tankers, temporarily weakening its capabilities. The attack took place on June 20, when US President Trump canceled a plan to launch a retaliatory air strike after Iran shot down the US drone.
Iran is still trying to recover the destroyed information and restart some computer systems. US officials discussed the cyberattack in part to eliminate doubts within the government about whether the attack benefited more or less. In this operation, the United States also lost the accessibility of the key network of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard. US officials said that Iran has not escalated its cyberattacks against the United States and continues to attack the US government and enterprises at a steady pace.