Caught in their web: Iran reportedly returns fire in US cyberwar
22 September, 2012
http://rt.com/news/iran-hackers-us-cyberwar-697/Iran has launched a major cyber counter-offensive on US targets, attacking major Wall Street institutions, Reuters news agency sources report.
Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup have come under ever increasing denial-of-service attacks since the end of last year. The attacks use brute processing force to make a website unavailable to ordinary users, but gain no access to private information.
"Most people didn't take Iran seriously. Now most people are taking them very seriously," a source told Reuters. Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase experienced unexplained website disruptions earlier this week, and NBC reported that the attacks may have been orchestrated by Iran.
The financial institutions in question and official bodies have refused to comment.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1904846.htmlSen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) said Friday that reported cyber attacks against major American financial institutions were likely sponsored by Iran and were in retaliation for sanctions imposed on the country by the United States and its allies.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...88K12H20120921The attacks on the three largest U.S. banks originated in Iran, but it is not clear if they were launched by the state, groups working on behalf of the government, or "patriotic" citizens, according to the sources, who requested anonymity as they were not authorized to discuss the matter.
They said the attacks shed new light on the potential for Iran to lash out at Western nations' information networks.
NBC reported late on Thursday that the Iranian government was behind these attacks, citing U.S. national security sources.
Gosh... I feel so bad about JPMorgan suffering a cyberattack. It just brings me to tears.