The United States ran a full-court press against Iranian hackers last week, including indictments from the Department of Justice, the FBI identifying malware used in attacks, and the addition of government-aligned hackers to the sanctions list by Treasury.

In theory, increasing pressure against a foreign group may cause a pause in operations. Alternately, sanctions can spur countries like Iran to seek retaliation, or encourage new espionage. What does the flurry actions against Iran suggest about how the threat will change moving forward, particularly for industries like aerospace and non-governmental groups targeted in the past?

It would be unlike Iran to pause operations, said Sarah Jones, senior principal analayst at Mandiant threat intelligence.

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