The Iranian government has officially denied any involvement in the wave
of relatively unsophisticated cyber attacks that have struck glancing
blows on websites for U.S. financial institutions over the past months.
"Unlike the United States, which has, per reports in the media, given
itself the license to engage in illegal cyber-warfare against Iran, Iran
respects the international law and refrains from targeting other
nations' economic or financial institutions," the Iranian mission to the
United Nations said in a statement, according to a report published
late Thursday by Iran's semi-official PressTV.
The websites for several major U.S. financial institutions, including
Bank of America, PNC, Wells Fargo and the New York Stock Exchange have
suffered intermittent disruptions since September, apparently the
product of what's known as distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks
designed to flood the websites with enough traffic to knock it out of
commission. The DDoS attacks, though unprecedented in size and stamina,
do not breach the banks' secure networks or access confidential
information. They have, however, kept some online customers from
accessing their accounts for brief periods.