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Saturday, February 09, 2013

Cyber attacks on U.S. banks likely to continue, experts say | TribLIVE

Americans should not breath a sigh of relief just because a computer hacking group said it would suspend a four-month offensive to disrupt access to more than two dozen bank websites. Even if the al-Qassam Cyber Fighters group says it won’t attack PNC Bank and other financial institutions, cyber attacks meant to disrupt commerce in the United States are likely to continue, said Jeff Bardin, a Boston cyber security consultant and expert in Middle Eastern hackers and cyber jihad.

The Cyber Fighters began attacks on banks in September, claiming in statements posted to an Internet message board that they would continue until a YouTube video mocking the Islamic Prophet Muhammad was taken down. In addition to PNC, the attacks hit Citizens Bank, Fifth Third Bank and Huntington Bank in the Pittsburgh region.

Many government officials and Internet security experts have said they believe the attacks were carried out by the Iranian government or at its behest. Dave Aitel, CEO of the Miami Internet security firm Immunity Inc., said everything the Cyber Fighters wrote suggested Iran was involved. “Clearly this was state-sponsored, and the only state with an interest is Iran,” Aitel said, citing the frequent use of “proportional response” by the group to describe the attacks on banks.

Bardin said the attacks fit the standard mode of operation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, who “go around the world and set up proxy groups sympathetic to them.”

Link: http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/3363832-74/attacks-cyber-bank#axzz2KdfkRFjM

Posted on 02/09
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