Today, the Wall Street journal reported new Iranian attacks on Capital One Financial Corporation and BB&T Corporation. The latest hack attacks on American banking followed last month's intrusions into PNC, Wells-Fargo, J.P. Morgan Chase and Bank of America, reported in Mail Online. This silent war could turn into a shooting war if Iran's government is proven to be behind continuing and damaging attacks. Yet, "plausible deniability" is characteristic of computer warfare. Where does a government draw the line between malicious mischief and open warfare? Consider some relevant facts:
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has frequently warned of a "cyber Pearl Harbor." Stars and Stripes also detailed a litany of known intrusions into "chemical, water and electrical plants, as well as public transportation control software."
Prolexic Technologies identified the latest attacks as stemming from the sophisticated "itsoknoproblembro" toolkit. The ironically named hacking method could indeed pose special problems for version 1.0 security systems, according to Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs.
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