Surrogates of the Iranian government are suspected of cyber attacking U.S. banks and various international oil companies in the Middle East.
According to CNN, U.S. officials strongly suspect a strong relationship between those behind the attacks and the Iranian government. The assertion, however, has not been made publicly.
Defense secretary Leon Panetta told the U.S. government as a whole to strengthen its cyber systems in case of a potential strike.
Iran’s director of the Iranian Cyberspace Center told CNN that the accusation was just “one of the main aims of the United States is to make itself look like the victim,” and referred to past U.S. cyber attacks against Iran.
The attacks hit U.S banks with unexpected speed, disrupting customer service. No financial losses were discovered.
While Panetta said that Iran was behind the attacks, he stated that this was what U.S. officials believed, but has still to be proven.