US blames Iran for bank DDoS attacks

Official claims US government believes that Iran is responsible for cyber attacks on American banks

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US blames Iran for bank DDoS attacks The DDoS attacks, which began at the end of September last year, have targeted US banks.
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 10, 2013

US officials are accusing Iran of being behind a series of cyber attacks on a number of American banks that began last year.

A number of banks in the US were hit by an ongoing series of DDoS attacks, which began in September. While an unknown hacker group calling itself the "cyber fighters of Izz ad-din Al qassam", but a US official claims that the complexity of the attacks and the large amount of DDoS traffic used in them means that the attacks were state-sponsored.

Speaking to the New York Times, James A. Lewis, a former official in the State and Commerce Departments and a computer security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington said: "There is no doubt within the U.S. government that Iran is behind these attacks."

No evidence for the origin of the attacks has been presented.

Lewis said that the attacks were most likely in revenge for attacks including Stuxnet and Flame that targeted Iranian infrastructure, saying: "It's a bit of a grudge match."

The DDoS attacks, which appear to have used the itsoknoproblembro attack toolkit, have hit banks including Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, U.S. Bancorp, PNC, Capital One, Fifth Third Bank, BB&T and HSBC, although no accounts are believed to have been compromised.

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