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Iran tensions

Asia warned to brace for US-Iran cyberwar

Online threat rises even as both sides back away from armed conflict

International cybersecurity experts have identified numerous weak spots likely to be targeted by Iranian hackers that could wreak havoc among logistics and service providers for U.S. military bases in Asia. (Nikkei Montage/ Source photo by Reuters) 

TOKYO -- International companies risk suffering collateral damage in a cyberwar between the U.S. and Iran, even if the American assassination of Iran's top general does not lead to an all-out military conflict, experts have warned.

Although both sides have backed away for now from further military action, cryptocurrency exchanges, financial infrastructure and the supply chains of American and Saudi Arabian companies are all potential targets for Iranian-backed hackers wanting to skirt U.S. sanctions and disrupt corporate and government networks.

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