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Jul302013

Iran: How a Third Tier Cyber Power Can Still Threaten the United States

On July 29, a conference was held by the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative to discuss Iran's threat as a cyber power to the United States in the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC.  The panel included Atlantic Council's Barbara Slavin, Atlantic Council and CCSA's Jason Healey, CrowdStike's Dmitri Alperovitch, and George Washington University's Frank Cillufo.  The panel began by discussing the current state of Iran with its recent elections and a cautious optimism for change with the new minister.  They then shifted to discussing Iran's current cyber capabilities, such as while still being limited to destruction of data and disruption of services, within five years, could be on the same level as the US, China, and Russia, among others with a higher intent to do damage than all the others.  A main target for Iran has been the United State's financial sector, especially the banks.  This is likely due to the economic sanctions placed over Iran by the United States.  With current attacks not being overly damaging, such as attacks on the banks usually only lasting a day or two, with little actual damage to the bank, the US continues to add more infrastructure to the Internet.  It is a matter of time before Iran attacks a target that is very vulnerable, where they can keep it down for a long period of time and cause serious damage.

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