Iran Seen Launching Cyber Attacks Against US Companies
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 «Newsmakers» programme.
«I 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. «I 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.
The US and Iran risk engaging in increasingly destructive exchanges of cyber attacks, according to Jacob Olcott, a principal at Good Harbor Consulting LLC in Arlington, Virginia.