US Positive Iran Is Behind Wave of Banking Hacks
Cyberattacks have caused online slowdowns at several sites
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2013 12:03 PM CST
Bank of America is among the banks that have been hit, though the hacks didn't affect individual customer accounts.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

(Newser) – Just about every big American bank has been hit by cyberattacks in recent months, and while one obscure overseas group has claimed responsibility, US officials think the real culprit is Iran, reports the New York Times. The attacks are too sophisticated to be the work of amateurs and smack of being state-sponsored—the hackers aren't stealing money or corrupting individual accounts, instead opting to cause huge online slowdowns and headaches.

Exactly how the attacks are taking place isn't all that clear, but the hackers are apparently hijacking clouds already in place or, scarily, "crafting their own private clouds," an analyst at Forrester Research tells the newspaper. They're also making use of a malware with the slang name of "itsoknoproblembro," which has infected data servers around the world. All this might be payback for the Stuxnet worm that wreaked havoc on Iran's nuclear industry. "It's a bit of a grudge match," says one online security expert.

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apocalypso
Jan 10, 2013 9:38 AM CST
riiiiiiiiiight, just like the US was "positive" Iraq had WMDs, and so on and so forth. Puh-leeze, average americans have more to fear from their own banks' CEO'S, and their own government, than they ever will from Iran. This is such bs, idiotic propaganda, more stupid scaremongering for the low-I.Q. crowd. So sick of it... This is obviously an attempt to distract from things like the 8.4 billion dollar settlement for mortgage fraud. Oh, those poor poor banks, Iran is really doing a number on them....but not half as bad as what the banks have done to their patrons in recent years. Ludicrous.
myflap.blow
Jan 10, 2013 4:05 AM CST
is that why my account balance is so low? Damn Iranians moved the decimal!
Joe_American
Jan 10, 2013 1:51 AM CST
The United States must invade Iran by land, sea and air. The only way for there to be world peace and peace in the Middle East is by Regime Change in Tehran. Los Angeles is filled with 2nd and 3rd generation Iranian Americans. Anyone of those bozos in Los Angeles/Beverly Hills selling Jewelry or rugs can lead Iran better than the theocratic government in Tehran, Iran. I pray that Obama will rid us of the Iranian government once and for all. Since 1979 the Iranian government has been a pest. It is high time that we solve the problem. AMEN.