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Iran attempts cyber strike at U.S. financial firm

September 20, 2012

Last year, Ayatollah Khamenei and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised that the new Iranian year would be “A Year of Economic Jihad.”  Now we have a better understanding of what they meant.

The Washington Free Beacon (h/t Rantburg) is reporting that Iran launched a failed cyber attack against a major U.S. financial institution:

The Iranian government recently conducted a major cyber attack on a major U.S. financial institution that a military intelligence report said is a sign Tehran is waging covert war against the West.

The cyber attack was not successful but was one of several Iranian-backed electronic strikes detected in recent months that highlights the growing threat from Tehran, a major backer of international terrorism, according to a recent report by the Joint Staff intelligence directorate, known as J-2.

“Iran’s cyber aggression should be viewed as a component, alongside efforts like support for terrorism, to the larger covert war Tehran is waging against the west,” the report, dated Sept. 14, concluded.

Iran’s hostile posture against the United States is well known. However, the Joint Staff J-2’s hawkish assessment of the Iranian threat contrasts sharply with the more conciliatory policies of the Obama administration, a defense official familiar with the report said. For Pentagon’s J-2 to acknowledge in the internal report that a covert war is underway was unusual, the official added.

Since 2009, the administration has avoided supporting the Iranian opposition groups that took to the streets to opposed rigged elections. The administration also opposes a near-term Israeli military strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities favoring instead the use of economic sanctions, which critics say have not slowed Iran’s drive to develop a nuclear weapons capability.

The International Atomic Energy Agency reported earlier this month that Iran is building up stockpiles of enriched uranium and continues to stonewall the U.N. nuclear watchdog on its nuclear arms-related work.

No other details were available on the previously undisclosed attempted Iranian financial cyber attack…

Also recall that author Kevin Freeman has said that leading up to the 2008 financial collapse, the NASDAQ was hacked, that Lehman Brothers was a financial target of terrorists, that German intelligence has reported financial terrorism activities since then, and that damaging the credit of Western nations was an objective of Osama Bin Laden shortly before his death.

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4 comments

  1. [...] U.S. financial institutions according to a group called “Izz ad-Din al-Qassam.”  This would be the second major attempt at a jihadist cyber strike against American banks this year.  Rumor has it that [...]


  2. [...] de Estados Unidos de acuerdo con un grupo llamado “Izz ad-Din al-Qassam.” Este sería el segundo gran intento en una huelga cibernética yihadista contra los bancos estadounidenses este [...]


  3. [...] de Estados Unidos de acuerdo con un grupo llamado “Izz ad-Din al-Qassam.” Este sería el segundo gran intento en una huelga cibernética yihadista contra los bancos estadounidenses este [...]


  4. [...] previous Money Jihad coverage of the allegedly Iranian-based technological assaults here, here, and [...]



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