Wasn't giving the mullahs nukes supposed to get them to leave us alone? Didn't Barack Obama make them our friends? What the hell?:
American officials and private security groups say they see a surge in sophisticated cyberespionage by Iran with a series of cyberattacks against State Department officials. The New York Times reports that the latest information on the cyberattacks comes just four months after a "historic" accord with Tehran to l[aunch] its atomic ambitions.
Though the Iranians' cyberskills are not yet comparable to those of Russia or [Red] China, still American officials have concluded that cyberespionage "is becoming a tool to obtain the influence that many in Iran hoped the nuclear program would give the country."
You speak of it as an either/or proposition. Clearly they're building upon the momentum of having skunked Barack Obama at the negotiating table, expanding into every possible tool of warfare to use against the "pitiful, helpless former giant" that they most definitely have on the run.
And this is Foggy Bottom we're talking about, an organization that won't even use free anti-virus software and is to cybersecurity what Miley Cyrus would be to a convent. Which means the mullahs have looted a helluva lot more than just social media content and the email archives of high-ranking State officials.
Here's a thought: If the Iranians want to gain access to U.S. secrets, why aren't they just contacting their Russian and ChiComm allies and requesting that they send over a copy? Or would even that be more difficult than just directly helping themselves?