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Online Banking Attacks Were Work of Iran, U.S. Officials Say - NYTimes.com

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

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Wed Jan 9th, 2013 at 02:33:48 PM EST
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Because Iran is obviously the world hot spot for creating dDos attacks

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jan 10th, 2013 at 10:27:34 AM EST
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Maybe they've found something to do for all the educated, motivated women who are being kept out of the work force and universities?

(Think Lord Peter Wimsey's "Cattery". In Farsi. In cyberspace. Stop me when the analogy breaks.)

sapere aude

by Number 6 on Thu Jan 10th, 2013 at 10:49:59 AM EST
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Not sure about this bit:
the hackers chose to pursue disruption, not money: another earmark of state-sponsored attacks, the experts said.

Plenty of script kiddies doing things just to see if they can. Squares and old people "The experts" seem to underestimate the power of ego.

sapere aude

by Number 6 on Thu Jan 10th, 2013 at 10:38:04 AM EST
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