The U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad is expected to generate kinetic reprisal strikes from Iran, but cyber experts say cyberattacks are also likely.

Soleimani was the commander of Iran's Quds Forces – named as a terrorist organization by the U.S. – and has been blamed for dozens of attacks in the Middle East along with more recent incidents including the killing of an American contractor in Iraq and a Dec. 31 attack on the American embassy in Iraq. The attack that killed Soleimani was sharply criticized by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has vowed "harsh revenge," according to a statement published to his official website.

Exactly how and when any retaliatory strikes will be conducted is being hotly debated, but Iran’s well-known cyber apparatus is likely to play a role and that companies, organizations and government bodies need to prepare.

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