December 2, 2022

Albania breaks relations with Iran over cyberattack

Albania became the first country to break diplomatic relations after it expelled Iran’s diplomatic staff and formally broke relations with Tehran over a large-scale cyber attack in July, the Associated Press reports. The attacks mirror those on other NATO countries, including Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Belgium and on anti-Iran countries in the Gulf.

A policeman stands guard outside the Iranian Embassy in Tirana, Albania. Photo: Franc Zhurda, AP 

The “HomeLand Justice” group claimed credit through Telegram for the ransomware attack. 

The group purportedly targeted Albania over its sheltering of about 3,000 Iranian Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) dissidents. The group is the largest Iranian opposition movement and stems from the socialist guerrilla movement that opposed the Shah and now the current Islamic regime.

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