Recent online service interruptions at Bank of America (BAC) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) are...

Recent online service interruptions at Bank of America (BAC) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) are believed to have been caused by Iranian hackers who have targeted big U.S. banks repeatedly during the past year. It's not known if Iran's cyber attacks can cause significant damage, but "It's like the nuclear program: It isn't particularly sophisticated but it makes progress every year."

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  • The Geoffster
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    The Persians are doing to the U.S. what it is doing to them, albeit in a less sophisticated manner. Might I suggest upping the ante? An EMP strike on Iran would send them back to the Dark Ages where they apparently prefer to reside.
    22 Sep 2012, 09:46 AM Reply Like
  • Scrying Biotech
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    Though a little dark that actually is quite funny. Now if only such a weapon could with precision target the 3% of people there who comprise leadership in government and extremist positions. Most Iranians, unlike most of the rest of the middle east are actually quite pro democracy and have favorable feelings toward the U.S.
    24 Sep 2012, 06:11 AM Reply Like
  • MexCom
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    If its the Iranians I invite them to hack my account at This is probably one of the largest Credit Unions available to our military personnel. I wonder how many Generals they would anger.
    22 Sep 2012, 05:17 PM Reply Like
  • bill d
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    I think the banks are more of a danger if left alone.
    Kinda like my buddy used to sat during the cold war - best thing we could do is fly over Russia and drop money.
    23 Sep 2012, 03:01 AM Reply Like
  • twaris
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    What is an EMP strike?
    23 Sep 2012, 06:22 AM Reply Like
  • TruffelPig
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    Electro-Magnetic Pulse. Comes from detonating a nuclear weapon high up in the atmosphere and fries all electric items. Nothing will work that uses electricity.
    23 Sep 2012, 08:43 AM Reply Like
  • css1971
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    The Russians built MiG 25s electronics using vacuum tubes. American engineers thought them to be laughably backwards; decades behind the state of the art. Until they discovered the thing wouldn't be fazed by an EMP blast that would have every other plane in the vicinity falling out of the sky. There are other benefits as well.
    24 Sep 2012, 04:47 AM Reply Like
  • kmi
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    I believe recently passed into law was a resolution that declared electronic warfare to be equivalent to conventional warfare, i.e., if we were to be attacked by state sponsored 'hackers' it would be the equivalent of a declaration of war.


    Also, I ponder if their hackers are anywhere as good as ours.


    Mostly, I find the extent of damage so far detailed by what appears to be US originated hacking efforts ( much more significant than anything exerted in retaliation. I also suspect US based institutions to have some of the better security systems available.
    23 Sep 2012, 10:08 AM Reply Like
  • mvs231
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    There are very smart programmers outside of the US. See Russia, China, Israel, et al.


    I just don't understand why such intelligent people want to attack the US instead of living here as a well paid Google/DoD exec.


    I hope the US is secretly trying to recruit these people to our side. There were plenty of Nazi scientists who became integral to the American research community.
    23 Sep 2012, 04:10 PM Reply Like
  • bill d
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    Only because they were smart enough to pick us over the Russians.
    23 Sep 2012, 06:47 PM Reply Like
  • Vet4RonPaul
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    What a joke. The gov screws us for over $100B a month and you're worried about the Iranians? The Iranians are no threat to the US, banks or otherwise. Let the neocon chickenhawks fight their own wars and leave the rest of America out of another fail. If you haven't served in the military yourself, stop calling for someone else to go to war. get some integrity.
    23 Sep 2012, 07:40 PM Reply Like
  • Bouchart
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    If only our big banks actually had money, then this may be of some concern.
    23 Sep 2012, 08:47 PM Reply Like
  • Narimon
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    USAA might be a better target to provoke war with "Murica.
    24 Sep 2012, 12:34 AM Reply Like
  • taplinger
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    Too bad Chase didn't call BofA and get some information from them before Chase got hit the next day.
    24 Sep 2012, 05:06 AM Reply Like
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