Internet False Flag Against American Banks?
We reported last year that a “false flag” attack on the Internet could be used to justify a crack-down on free speech.
We’ve repeatedly noted that the U.S. or Israel might blow something up and then falsely blame it on Iran.
Last month, Michael Rivero put these two ideas together, theorizing that the U.S. or Israel was launching a false flag cyber attack on American banks, which they would blame on Iran as a justification for war.
Until today, the statements in the mainstream news that someone in the Middle East might have launched the web attacks on American banks was too nebulous for me to get excited about.
But today, the Wall Street Journal ran a prominent story directly blaming Iran. The story — entitled “Iran Renews Internet Attacks on U.S. Banks” — claims:
Iranian hackers renewed a campaign of cyberattacks against U.S. banks this week, targeting Capital One Financial Corp. and BB&T Corp. and openly defying U.S. warnings to halt, U.S. officials and others involved in the investigation into the attacks said.
The attacks, which disrupted the banks’ websites, showed the ability of the Iranian group to sustain its cyberassault on the nation’s largest banks for a fifth week, even as it announced its plans to attack in advance.
U.S. officials said the attacks against banks, and others against Middle Eastern energy companies, were sponsored by the Iranian government and approved at high [levels].
George Washington blogs at Washington’s Blog.