Why the U.S. Is Vulnerable to an Iranian Cyberattack | WSJ

Why the U.S. Is Vulnerable to an Iranian Cyberattack | WSJ


– The United States’ economy
is the most sophisticated and technology-reliant on Earth probably and that makes us very vulnerable to adversaries who are
seeking to disrupt us. – [Cardinale] Adversaries like China, North Korea, Russia, and, of course, Iran. As the Iran Nuclear
Agreement quickly unravels, security experts say
they’ve seen an uptick in Iranian cyber attacks specifically targeting the United States. And the questions that
experts are asking are what new tactics do hackers
have up their sleeves? Will they use more ransomware
to hold data hostage or cyber-spying and espionage
to access secret information? And, more importantly, is the U.S. actually
prepared to defend itself? Because the more technologically-reliant the United States becomes, the more vulnerable it is to disruption. Just look at the top two industries that experts say suffer the
most significant cyber attacks. It’s finance and high tech. – What’s so interesting about cyber is it’s a very accessible capability and we’re seeing Iran is
one of those countries that is actually using
third parties in-country, probably contractors, to
develop their own capabilities. And they’ve been doing that
really since Stuxnet incident, when they decided to really
ramp up their program. – [Cardinale] Stuxnet,
the most sophisticated infrastructure hack to date and the most aggressive attack attributed to the U.S. and Israel against Iran’s Natanz
Uraniaum Enrichment Facility. Stuxnet damaged some 1,000 centrifuges, infected 30,000 computers, and brought the entire
operation to a grinding halt. – There’s this been fear
that more and more actors will be able to do something similar, which is move in through this cyber realm and cause a kind of physical consequence. – [Cardinale] When Iran
downed a U.S. drone near the Strait of Hormuz in 2019, the U.S. launched a cyber attack that wiped an Islamic
Revolutionary Guard Corps database. Without that data, Iran lost a major asset that would help in
their attacks on tankers in the Persian Gulf. According to experts, Iran
has used cyber attacks as an economic weapon in
response to economic sanctions, simply because the U.S. isn’t likely to try and defend itself
through physical retribution. – Point that our nation needs
a comprehensive strategy to deal with all areas, all
areas, of Iran’s aggression. – Iran has absolutely been
disruptive in the past targeting American interests. They engaged in relatively
low-sophisticated attacks several years ago, targeting financial
institutions with DDoS attacks, essentially spam traffic
being sent to their websites in a way that intermittently
took those sites down so consumers in the U.S. were not able to access their bank accounts. Even a few minutes of
those websites being down or those services being inaccessible can really impact the, not just national, but global economy. – [Cardinale] Ironically,
one of the best defenses to these sophisticated hacks
is to have an analog backup in case something goes haywire, like having paper ballots
that can be counted to give people assurances that their democracy is
based off of real results. – The most important thing
that businesses can do and individuals can do is make sure that their security posture
is as upgraded as possible. This is the simple,
routine, and boring art of updating your iPhone, updating your Windows operating system. – [Cardinale] Wall Street
Journal reporting found that without regular cyber maintenance, the U.S. is essentially a sitting duck to unique attacks from hostile groups. In 2016, a destructive
virus called Shamoon 2 was reportedly executed by the Iranians. It hit several organizations,
mostly in Saudi Arabia. That included Sadara, a joint
venture between Dow Chemical and Saudi Arabian oil. According to experts, Shamoon 2 wiped enormous amounts of data and even prevented computers
from turning back on. That was evidence that the Iranians could not only execute
sophisticated attacks, but were also willing to
invest in custom attacks. And what’s more custom and
nearly impossible to fight than a propaganda attack? According to Citizen Lab, the Iranian information
operation Endless Mayfly created deceptive
imitations of publications, like Bloomberg and the
Harvard Belfer Center, as well as entirely fake personas. The challenge here is
it’s almost impossible for the U.S. to defend against these new and increasingly popular attacks. For now, the government’s best bet may be to work with
social media publications to try and take down what’s
recognized as propaganda and hope that it’s caused
simply minimal damage. – A term you’ll hear a lot of experts use when they’re talking about cyber attacks is asymmetrical warfare
and this is the concept that countries that lack
traditional military might make up for it through use of technology and through the use of cyber attacks, and Iran is certainly in that camp. For Iran, this is the great equalizer. This is their way of sending
a message loud and clear that we are here and we are
upset with these sanctions, we are upset with the U.S. foreign policy, and we’re going to make you hurt for it.

52 Replies to “Why the U.S. Is Vulnerable to an Iranian Cyberattack | WSJ”

  1. ( STUXNET ) WAS NOT A CYBER ATTACK , WHY ? IT WAS A SIMPLE TIMING DEVICE , LIKE A MERCURY TIME SWITCHE , BUT IT WAS TEMPERED WITH, THAT'S ALL .

  2. The united states is a terrorist state they constantly attack innocent ppl they're propaganda is the more potent and deceptive and hypocritical why can they have nuclear power but they cant

  3. Don't start nothing, won't be nothing. US foreign policy needs to change and leave other countries alone. Human race is better than this.

  4. Stuxnet
    First attack but Iran has no right to defend itself.hypocrite usa

    If your house is made of glass don't throw stones at others

  5. В одеський порт зайшов контейнеровоз з Китаю, де була підозра на коронавірус

  6. Iran is expanding its terror network beyond the Middle East, using Hezbollah and splinter groups of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to recruit and train sleeper cells in foreign countries.

  7. The terror network that Iran has created and continues to sustain, combined with the regime’s determination to become a nuclear power, is a serious international security issue and a growing global concern.

  8. FBI officials have also noted that Hezbollah has a sizeable presence in the United States, and suspects that Hezbollah may be planning to activate sleeper cells in the New York City area.

  9. Once America called others:  'The axis of evil'. 
    USA, Saudi Arabia and Israel are the axis of evil. 
    Even the devil itself is an amateur compared.

  10. Yes it's almost funny if it weren't so disgustingly Hypocritical of the 'U.S Intelligence departments and services'. and ALL those that support them.

  11. FOR YEARS THE FCC, HAS GIVEN FREE REIGN TO OTHER COUNTRIES TO USE OUR, AIR WAVES. FOR FREE, NO CHARGE…. THEY IN THE MEAN TIME HAVE BEEN CHARGING OUR CABLE COMPANIES AND INTERNET COMPANIES FOR THEIR USE…. IT CAME TO THE HOUSE AND SENATE ATTENTION WHEN THE OTHER COUNTRIES WAS GOING TO CHARGE 70 BILLION DOLLARS FOR THE USE. THE FCC IS NOW GOING TO AUCTION OFF THESE RIGHTS. THE USE OF THE AIR WAVES ARE NEEDED FOR 5G… SO PAY ATTENTION TO WHEN THEY AUCTION AND WHO BUYS… IN THE MEAN TIME OUR CABLE, CELL, AND INTERNET SHOULD GO DOWN, SINCE THEY ARE NOT BEING CHARGED ANY MORE…..FOR THIS SERVICE…. THANK YOU FCC FOR GIVING AWAY AMERICAN TAX PAYERS AIR WAVES TO CHARGE US…..HOW WE THE PEOPLE ARE GETTING SCREWED…. PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS AWARE OF THIS CHARGE AND DID NOTHING….SO THANK YOU TOO DUMP….

  12. The US did not supply chemical weapons to the Kurds. The Germans did. The US, did , however, share intelligence of troop locations which Saddam used to attack Iran.

  13. Iran is not who's stealing 1/3 of your pay check, putting spy cameras on every street corner, constantly attacking your rights.

  14. China, Russia, North Korea, and of course Iran.
    That's right, list all the manufactured boogeymen for your fellow countrymen to fear and hate, and ignore the hegemony that your country is perpetrating on every country it can get away with, especially Iran.

  15. Yeah “WSJ” it’s the same propaganda that you guys are using right now against Iran 🇮🇷
    (US Hypocrite)

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