Iran Emerging as a Major Cyber-Power – Mark Clayton (Christian Science Monitor)
(dailyalert.org, Mar. 18, 2014
Iranian cyber-spying on U.S. military and energy networks has surged, U.S. experts say.
Iran was fingered last fall for infiltrating the U.S. Navy Marine Corps Intranet, as well as for massive cyber-attacks that hammered Wall Street bank websites repeatedly for about a year.
Iran was suspected to have been behind a computer virus that wrecked 30,000 Saudi Aramco computers in 2012. A similar attack hit RasGas, a Qatari energy company, that same year.
“We’ve seen persistent activity by the Iranians, not only in cyber-espionage, but in attacking dissidents at home, infiltrating government and military targets, energy companies and the financial sector,” says Dmitri Alperovitch, cofounder and chief technical officer of the cyber-security firm CrowdStrike.