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Bank Attacker Iran Ties Questioned By Security Pros
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 04:32:02 -0600 (CST)
By Mathew J. Schwartz
January 10, 2013
If Iran is masterminding the online attacks against U.S. banks, where's
the hard evidence?
Numerous current and former U.S. officials have accused the Iranian
government of sponsoring the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS)
attacks, which began in September and recently restarted. For four
months, the attacks have disrupted the websites of many of the United
States' leading financial institutions, including Bank of America,
Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo.
Shortly after the first wave of attacks began, U.S. officials began
blaming Iran, and have continued to do so. "There is no doubt within the
U.S. government that Iran is behind these attacks," James A. Lewis,
who's a former official at the State and Commerce Departments, told the
The New York Times.
Officials have also noted that the attacks are so sophisticated and
unstoppable that only a nation state could have launched them. Others
have said that the attackers have pursued disruption, rather than
personal enrichment, which further suggests nation state involvement.
But to date, government officials have produced no evidence that links
Iran to the attacks.
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- Bank Attacker Iran Ties Questioned By Security Pros InfoSec News (Jan 11)