Iran is being blamed for a recent wave of cyberattacks, namely a series of Distributed Denial of Service attacks launched against major financial institutions. Affected financial institutions include, but may not be limited to, Bank of America, Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, HSBC, Capital One, PNC, U.S. Bancorp, Fifth Third Bank and BB&T.
Although it is often very difficult to say with absolute certainty that a particular person, place or organization is responsible for such attacks, various officials and experts are convinced Iran is behind the attacks. A group who identifies itself as the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters has also claimed responsibility for the attacks, but intelligence officials suggest the group is most likely a cover for Iran.
"The scale, the scope and the effectiveness of these attacks have been unprecedented," said Carl Herberger, vice president of security solutions at Radware, a security firm that has been investigating the attacks on behalf of banks and cloud service providers. "There have never been this many financial institutions under this much duress."
Source: New York Times
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