In an article published by Bloomberg Press and redistributed by the Dallas Morning News, Senator Lieberman and other analysts state that Iran is planning an escalating set of cyber attacks against US companies and interests in response actions around Iran’s nuclear capability.
According to the Senator:
Iran’s government and its elite Qods Force were probably responsible for cyber attacks launched this week against JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp., Senator Joseph Lieberman said yesterday in an interview on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” program.
“I don’t believe that these were just hackers,” Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut who’s chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, said in the interview scheduled to air tomorrow. “I think that this was done by Iran and the Qods Force, which has its own developing cyber attack capacity.”
This has major ramifications not only to US policy regarding state sponsored cyber attacks, but also to US businesses. It is becoming more apparent that improved operational security (OPSEC) practices and overall architecture will be needed to mitigate the increased threat that these type of cyber threats from governments can pose. The ancillary question will be whether the US will truly define state sponsored cyber attacks as an act of war and if not, to what degree will the US expect business to “defend” themselves…
According to Frank Cilluffo, director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute and a former special assistant to President George W. Bush for homeland security:
“The good news is Iran is not at the level of sophistication of China, Russia, us and some of our allies,” Cilluffo said. “The bad news is what they lack in capability, they more than make up for in intent.”