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US Implies Iran Culpable for Cyberattacks, Some Claim Fear-Mongering

The US government has said Iran is behind recent cyberattacks targeting US banks and Middle East oil operations, according to news reports. CNN reports that government officials say various attacks were carried out by individuals working with the Iranian government. US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta mentioned the attacks in a speech last week but did not say Iran was behind them. Charles Cooper, an editor with the tech site CNET, contends the government claims are fear-mongering by the Obama administration to gain support for controversial cybersecurity legislation. Tech writer John Dvorak agreed but said, “Maybe the good news is that people will get virus protection, check for Trojans, and learn how to secure systems better.”
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