In an interesting turn off events America has seemingly become the target of Iran’s new cyber army. I guess this really just means China does not have to work as hard. Although, with all seriousness Iran is a force to be reckoned with. Ever since the Stuxnet virus Iran has rapidly developed their cyber power. With that said they have not reached the heights of many European countries or China and Japan, but as the director of Homeland Security Policy said “And what they lack in capability they more than make up for in intent.” This intent was enough to delay users of American Bank, Citi-bank, and JP Morgan and Chase co. Apparently, this was in response to western economic sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program. In these attacks users were only delayed use of the company’s websites but in another incident that Iran has been accused of instigating this was not the case.
Saudi Aramco was the target of a virus now known as Shamoon. The attack was well planned and included the use of insiders. This code of Shamoon itself was similar to flame with the most notable similarity being the erasing component of the virus. Shamoon was able to erase data on 75% of Aramco’s corporate computers and a burning American flag replaced all the data on these computers. Aramco hired security experts from Symantec and flew twelve American experts out whom when they landed already had a handle on how the virus worked. Despite the timely response of Aramco and Symantec the attack was devastating enough to become the world’s greatest example of cyber corporate espionage. This all occurred during Lailat al Qadr which is one of Islam’s holiest nights of the year.
In both cases hacking groups took responsibility for the results of these incidents. However, at least in case of the Aramco breach the level of sophistication required to pull off the attack was great. This seems to be what has many nations believing that the attacks which occurred may actually have originated in Iran. There are other motivating factors but what I want to know from my classmates is if they believe that Iran is behind these attacks or if this is sensationalized to sell papers?
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