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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:25 AM

 

Bank Hacks Were Work of Iranians, Officials Say

Source: The New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO - The attackers hit one American bank after the next. As in so many previous attacks, dozens of online banking sites slowed, hiccupped or ground to a halt before recovering several minutes later.

But there was something disturbingly different about the wave of online attacks on American banks in recent weeks. Security researchers say that instead of exploiting individual computers, the attackers engineered networks of computers in data centers, transforming the online equivalent of a few yapping Chihuahuas into a pack of fire-breathing Godzillas.

The skill required to carry out attacks on this scale has convinced United States government officials and security researchers that they are the work of Iran, most likely in retaliation for economic sanctions and online attacks by the United States.

"There is no doubt within the U.S. government that Iran is behind these attacks," said James A. Lewis, a former official in the State and Commerce Departments and a computer security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/technology/online-banking-attacks-were-work-of-iran-us-officials-say.html

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:28 AM

1. Probably used the shit which was used against them last year.

Just came back to bite.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:36 AM

3. Of course, Amerika should operate with impunity...n/t

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:36 AM

2. Article shows absolutely no evidence that it was Iran.

The attacks were advanced therefore it was Iran? Nonsense. Bank of America et al have plenty of enemies right here in the US.

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Response to Ash_F (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:43 AM

5. "American officials have not offered any technical evidence to back up their claims"

 

"There's another way to phrase that and that is that the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. It is basically saying the same thing in a different way. Simply because you do not have evidence that something does exist does not mean that you have evidence that it doesn't exist." -on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction(Rumsfeld)

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 08:48 AM

4. NYT speak:

One former govt employee = US Officials.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:55 AM

6. What's that I hear? Oh, it's the drum beat for a war with Iran.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:09 PM

8. Gotta keep that $700 billion teat flowing. /nt

 

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 10:07 AM

7. Hey, we have to have some excuse for continued bashing of Iran on behalf or the PNAC crowd. nt

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 07:30 PM

9. allow some gaming servers between usa and Iran and we citizens will go kick their asses!

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 07:50 PM

10. Didn't anonymous say

they were going after them? Anyhow, there are a lot of people who have a grudge against banksters, this sounds like just another excuse to drum up anger against Iran.

And if it is Iran, what the hell do they expect. They started it.

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