Risk
10/14/2012
09:10 PM
Tim Wilson
Tim Wilson
Quick Hits
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

U.S. Defense Secretary Sends Veiled Warning To Iran

Panetta says Tehran is developing cyberplans; former official says U.S. has linked Iran to attack at Saudi Aramco

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta last week said the cyberthreat from Iran is becoming larger, and hinted that the U.S. has connected Iran with recent cyberattacks on Saudi Aramco and other Middle Eastern oil companies.

According to a report in The Washington Post, Panetta said in a speech to New York business leaders on Thursday that Tehran has "undertaken a concerted effort to use cyberspace to its advantage."

"Potential aggressors should be aware that the United States has the capacity to locate them and hold them accountable for actions that harm America or its interests," The Post reported from Panetta's appearance at a meeting of Business Executives for National Security.

The Post quoted an unnamed former U.S. government official as saying that U.S. authorities believe that Iranian-based hackers were responsible for cyberattacks that devastated Persian Gulf oil and gas companies, including Saudi Aramco. The attacks may have been retribution for recent U.S. sanctions against Iran, the official said.

The report also states that a current U.S. official acknowledged Thursday that the Obama administration "knows who launched the cyberattacks against the Gulf companies and that it was a state actor."

"It's not something where people are throwing down the gauntlet, but I think Panetta comes pretty close to sending a clear warning [to Iran]: We know who it was, maybe you want to think twice before you do it again," cybersecurity expert James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies told The Post. "I think the Iranians will put two and two together and realize he's sending them a message."

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Add a Comment" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message. Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of Dark Reading.com, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
dcolbourn117
50%
50%
dcolbourn117,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/16/2012 | 1:14:41 PM
re: U.S. Defense Secretary Sends Veiled Warning To Iran
Welcome to the new cold war.-- We have been attacking them this way for a while.- Lets hope that they show the same restraint the Soviets did and keep the conflict from catching fire.
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Flash Poll
Current Issue
Cartoon
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-4013
Published: 2014-07-14
SQL injection vulnerability in the Policy Manager in Aruba Networks ClearPass 5.x, 6.0.x, 6.1.x through 6.1.4.61696, 6.2.x through 6.2.6.62196, and 6.3.x before 6.3.4 allows remote authenticated users to execute arbitrary SQL commands via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2014-4944
Published: 2014-07-14
Multiple SQL injection vulnerabilities in inc/bsk-pdf-dashboard.php in the BSK PDF Manager plugin 1.3.2 for WordPress allow remote authenticated users to execute arbitrary SQL commands via the (1) categoryid or (2) pdfid parameter to wp-admin/admin.php.

CVE-2014-4945
Published: 2014-07-14
Multiple cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities in Horde Internet Mail Program (IMP) before 6.1.8, as used in Horde Groupware Webmail Edition before 5.1.5, allow remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via an unspecified flag in the basic (1) mailbox or (2) message view.

CVE-2014-4946
Published: 2014-07-14
Multiple cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities in Horde Internet Mail Program (IMP) before 6.1.8, as used in Horde Groupware Webmail Edition before 5.1.5, allow remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via (1) unspecified flags or (2) a mailbox name in the dynamic mailbox view.

CVE-2013-6117
Published: 2014-07-11
Dahua DVR 2.608.0000.0 and 2.608.GV00.0 allows remote attackers to bypass authentication and obtain sensitive information including user credentials, change user passwords, clear log files, and perform other actions via a request to TCP port 37777.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Marilyn Cohodas and her guests look at the evolving nature of the relationship between CIO and CSO.