Iranian computers used as cover up for attacks on U.S. banks - police

Photo: Iranian computers used as cover up for attacks on U.S. banks - police / Iran

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 20 /Trend S.Isayev, D. Khatinoglu/

Iranian computers were used as a cover up to attack U.S. banks, Iran's Cyber Police chief Kamal Hadyanfar said, Mehr news agency reported.

Hadyanfar said the issue has been investigated by the cyber police.

"The original IPs were from Italy and the United Kingdom" Hadyanfar said, adding that the foreigners used Iranian computers to cover up the original attack.

Hadyanfar said that Iran's cyber police submitted its investigation reports to both Italy and United Kingdom.

"The U.S. can appeal to interpol or any other international entity to pursue this issue," Hadyanfar said. "Iran has nothing to do with these attacks."

In October 2012, Deputy Communications and Technology Minister Ali Hakim-Javadi said that it is common today that some countries using fake IPs for cyber attacks.

Regarding the claim that Iran uses cyber attacks on the U.S. and Israel, Hakim-Javadi dismissed such options.

"I am making it clear, that Iran is not using cyber attacks against other country. This is an inappropriate way of using cyberspace," he said, adding that Iran has no interest of attacking other countries.

In mid October, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. believes Iranian government is behind a series of recent cyber attacks upon US financial institutions.

The hackers were apprently part of a group of less than 100 computer security specialists from Iranian universities and network security firms, according to an unnamed US government official, DPA reported earlier.

The cyber attacks, which disabled the US banks' websites, contained "signatures" that led the U.S. to suspect Iranian government culpability.

While details remained classified, the U.S. said the Iranian hackers would not have the resources to carry out the attacks without the support and technical expertise of the Iranian government.

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