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Recent U.S. Bank Hacks Appear To Be Iranian

by on January 9, 2013

The New York Times has a piece out today that points the finger at Iran as being responsible for the recent spate of online hacks against American banks:

We know the Americans and the Iranians have been exchanging viral code aimed at critical infrastructure and military functions (StuxNet, etc.), but this appears to be the first time Iran is implicated in last Fall’s disruptions to the online banking sites of Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bancorp, PNC, Capital One, Fifth Third Bank, BB&T and HSBC. Typically Russian and Eastern European hackers target U.S. financial centers, with Chinese cyber-attacks focused more on commercial intellectual property and government.

The article goes on to say that the skill required to execute the attacks has convinced American officials that Iran was behind them, likely in retaliation for economic sanctions and online attacks by the United States.

It ain’t over yet.

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