Iran Seen Launching Cyber Attacks Against US Companies

Washington: Iran may be waging an escalating campaign of cyber attacks against US companies in response to American actions perceived as hostile, according to a US senator and cybersecurity analysts.
Iran’s government and its elite Quds Force were probably responsible for cyber attacks launched last week against JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp, Senator Joseph Lieberman said yesterday in an interview on C-SPAN’s β€œNewsmakers” programme.
β€œI don’t believe that these were just hackers,” Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut who’s chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said in the interview scheduled to air tomorrow. β€œI think that this was done by Iran and the Quds Force, which has its own developing cyber attack capacity.”
The attacks may have come in response to US-led economic sanctions on Iran aimed at preventing it from developing the capability to build a nuclear weapon, said Lieberman, a sponsor of comprehensive cybersecurity legislation in the Senate. Iran also has accused the US and Israel of trying to sabotage the nuclear programme through a malware virus known as Stuxnet.

Source: GulfNews

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