October 15th, 2012
04:11 PM ET

U.S. officials believe Iran is behind recent cyberattacks

By Mike Mount, with reporting from Suzanne Kelly and Pam Benson

The United States believes that Iran is behind cyberattacks on American banks and the oil industry in the Middle East, officials said.

Although officials have not made such an assertion publicly, they have characterized the attacks that occurred in recent months as initiated by a "state actor." The U.S. intelligence apparatus observed and tracked the attacks as coming out of Iran, a third official said Monday. The official would not describe further what was observed but said the belief is the perpetrators were surrogates working with the Iranian government.

“We strongly believe there is a relationship between the people typing the code and people running the government,” according to the official.

"It certainly is the case that Iran is improving its capabilities in the cyber field. We're paying attention. We are concerned about their increasing ability to operate in this realm," a U.S. intelligence official said.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta noted the attacks in a speech last week and warned that United States must beef up its cyber defenses or risk a potentially devastating strike.

Calling it a "pre-9/11 moment," Panetta said he is particularly worried about a significant escalation of attacks and highlighted a cyber virus known as "Shamoon." The virus infected the computers of major energy firms in Saudi Arabia and Qatar this past summer.

In Saudi Arabia, more than 30,000 computers were rendered useless by the attack on the state oil company ARAMCO. Ras Gas was affected in Qatar.

Panetta said the attacks were probably the most devastating to ever hit the private sector.

Iran denied any involvement in the attack on the oil industry, according to a report broadcast Monday on PRESS TV, a government-run news agency.

"One of the main aims of the United States is to make itself look like the victim," said Mehdi Ahkavan Bahabadi, the director of the Iran Cyberspace Center.

The report noted Iran itself has been the victim of numerous online assaults, including Stuxnet, a complex cyberattack against its nuclear program believed to have been created by American and Israeli programmers.

Panetta's speech also covered recent attacks against large U.S. banks, which hit with unprecedented speed and disrupting services to customers.

While the attacks did not do any significant damage or result in any financial losses, it caught the attention of U.S. intelligence, according to officials.

Officials said they have not heard any talk with in the government regarding a possible retaliatory strike for the cyber attack on the banking system.

Panetta did not publicly say Iran was behind both attacks but sources say that is what U.S. officials believe.

The New York Times reported that while there seems to be no real evidence that the cyber attacks were sanctioned by the Iranian government,

U.S. officials have begun to focus their suspicion on a recently created Iranian military unit called "cybercorps."

The unit was developed in response to American and Israeli cyberattacks on the Iranian nuclear enrichment plant at Natanz.

soundoff (1,039 Responses)
  1. Timetraveler

    Wag the dog.

    October 16, 2012 at 12:26 am | Reply
  2. Rudy G

    The administration that lied about the attack on the American Consulate in Libya is now telling us Iran is behind the Cyber attacks! Political opportunism or incompetence? Hard to tell when you don't trust.....Maybe it's because of the anti-Muslim film!! Looks like Hillary will be the scapegoat on the Libya cover-up. Anybody and everybody is expendable. "The buck stops with me", says Hillary. No, Hillary, the buck stops with the PRESIDENT!!! It's time to hold this dirty lying politician from Chicago accountable!!

    October 16, 2012 at 12:20 am | Reply
    • pgrody

      Really Rudy? Really? Tie this to Obama? At least you're being subjective...Laughable your comments are. Get a job. Oh wait, Obama took your job.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:42 am | Reply
  3. lindy456

    Now here comes Obama to apologise..

    October 16, 2012 at 12:18 am | Reply
  4. dscon

    Obama: "CNN, Iksnay on the Iransnay"

    October 16, 2012 at 12:18 am | Reply
  5. moon

    I do feel sorry for the Syrian woman and children tho. That regime needs to be blown away asap.

    October 16, 2012 at 12:14 am | Reply
    • John

      Do you ever come up with any idea that doesn't involve "blowing"? Ever single one of your posts involve "blowing". You have serious issues. Just come out of the closet already. People are more accepting of your way of life these days. Just be honest with yourself and everyone else.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:18 am | Reply
    • Jparce86

      The whole war on terror is a complete hoax. There is no weapons of mass destruction. What we are seeing in the last decade is every pathetic attempt to maintain the US dollar as the world's currency. Iran wants to move the cost of their oil onto gold standards just like Iraq tried to accept strictly Euro's for theirs. Thats all its about. Period. America ruined their whole economy and sorry but when did America's economy become more important than our planet and humanity? So go ahead and vote Romney, in 4 years from now you'll regret doing it

      October 16, 2012 at 12:33 am | Reply
  6. jeffision

    Well, well, isn't that just...convenient.

    October 16, 2012 at 12:14 am | Reply
  7. ColoradoJoe

    Took CNN long enough to post this story. CBS news had it at least two days ago.

    October 16, 2012 at 12:12 am | Reply
  8. DD

    3 weeks before the election and Panetta suddenly figures out that there's a cyber war going on out there?!? Is this administration that incredibly incompetent? Because this can't *possibly* be political opportunism by a sinking administration. Right? Right?

    October 16, 2012 at 12:04 am | Reply
  9. Asundur

    The American people MUST break away from their weak willed selves, stop complaining.and DEMAND changes by our government. We allow them to bully us as they constantly deceive. WE MUST NOT ALLOW THE US GOVERNMENT TO DECIDE THE FATE OF OUR LIVES! THEY DO NOT- SPEAK FOR US, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. We must as a nation, collectively DEMAND CHANGES before they start a WAR that gets out of hand and destroys us all. RIGHT NOW! WE WILL NOT HAVE WAR!! Even if we have to forcefully make these changes. THE PEOPLE, give governments their power. AND WE CAN TAKE IT AWAY. They have abused the vested power and us for too long. This world is pathetic as a human race and as it stands, WE ARE ALL BEASTS, and will die like animals if the world continues this way. CAN NO ONE SEE THIS?? It's like a bad dream that won't end as you slowly try to escape while your enemy constantly gains before devouring you.... HUMANS OF THE WORLD, ALL RACES RELIGIONS AND COUNTRIES- GIVE YOURSELF DISCIPLINE AND WILL, BE THE DIVINITY INSIDE YOU THAT MAKES UP THE ESSENCE OF HUMAN SPIRIT AND STRENGTH AND LET'S GO TO THE EDGE OF ETERNITY. THERE IS LOGICALLY, NO REASON WHY WE CAN'T BE THE BEST CREATION IN EXISTENCE CREATING THE PERFECT EXISTENCE IF WE JUST COME TOGETHER. CAUSE AS IT STANDS NOW, WE ARE ALL JUST BEASTS WAITING FOR THE SLAUGHTER.

    Thanks for your patience if you actually read that rant.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Reply
    • moon


      October 16, 2012 at 12:05 am | Reply
    • Chik-Fil-A


      October 16, 2012 at 12:10 am | Reply
  10. moon

    We need to blow em all away and let allah sort em out

    October 15, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Reply
    • Asundur

      Youre an idiot.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:02 am | Reply
    • Elen

      It's the other way around , we need to send back the Jews to the gas chamber.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:14 am | Reply
      • John

        You're an idiot too.

        October 16, 2012 at 1:18 am |
    • jeffision

      Agreed. An idiot.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:15 am | Reply
  11. GOG

    Not sanctioned by the Iranian government. Of course not ... neither were those "students" who took over the U.S. embassy in Teheran, who took all those Americans hostage, after the Grand Ayatollah Komeini came to power in the revolution in the late 1970s. Also note, the Taliban is a reference to "students" and the way these Muslim radicals operate, according to standard operating procedures, is to allow, and then blame the "students" for what their leaders have quietly sanctioned.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Reply
    • Lw

      Oh how much do we as Americans forget? The U.S. and England CIA and MI-6 over through the Iranian government in the late 40s or 50s in order to control the oil, then the U.S. and England install the Shaw of Iran who was our bed fellow and allowed us to setup spy stations in Iran to monitor the Russians which gave rise to the Iranians raiding the U.S. Embasay. The U.S. And British multi-national corporations and Governments are all about control of resources mainly gas and oil. Just look at who has all the Iraq oil contracts, it's mostly U.S. and British oil companies which explains the pretext for war there to begin with. What we have done in the past will come back on us as a nation, me must Man up and take what we give ( what goes around comes around) so don cry foul when it's done to us.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:39 am | Reply
  12. TheBob

    It wasn't long ago that we attacked their computers with STUXNET. Turnaround is fair play.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Reply
    • albie

      are you for real? The planes that flew into the trade centers, that was turnaround too?

      October 16, 2012 at 12:00 am | Reply
    • TheBob

      Are you on crack? Iran had no connection whatsoever to 9/11. Even the Bush administration warmongers who sold us the bogus Iraq war wouldn't dream of making that leap. Are you totally illiterate or just plain stupid?

      October 16, 2012 at 12:05 am | Reply
      • pntkl

        Synchronicity is something, ain't it? Just imagine if someone knew how to generate and/or amplify the effect thereof. Oh, wait... n/m. YOU WANT THE TRUTH? YOUUUU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!

        WTS redesigned foil hat scientifically proven to shield its wearer from all intelligences.

        October 16, 2012 at 1:44 am |
  13. moon

    sandniggeers who want to kill us and yet we are still over there helping their sorry selves. Nuke em and be done with the whole twisted race of them!

    October 15, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Reply
    • Thomas C.

      Lay off Fox News. It's turned your "brain" into jelly, assuming you once had one.

      October 15, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Reply
    • jeffision

      You don't have much of an education, do you?

      October 16, 2012 at 12:17 am | Reply
    • John

      You're a pathetic waste of human tissue.

      October 16, 2012 at 1:21 am | Reply
  14. maltesefalconx9

    Pakistan is OK with nuclear weapons and the real enemy in the minds of the intense psychopathic control group at the CIA is Greater India.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Reply
  15. moon

    cant we just drop a bomb on the middle east and be done with it?

    October 15, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Reply
    • John


      October 15, 2012 at 11:51 pm | Reply
      • Roy

        Hell NO moon, we can't just drop a bomb on them. They still haven't taken out the US Oil Companines and the Filtly Rich.

        October 16, 2012 at 12:05 am |
  16. Lee Oates

    According to the US Government, Iran is responsible for every American screwup, and as soon as we steal their oil and resources, and kill the people off, everything will be fine.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Reply
    • supremehumanevolvus

      Why dont we just go back old school and unplug from internet???

      October 16, 2012 at 12:10 am | Reply
  17. thugvon

    Good! after all the U.S. and Israel murdered their civilian scientists.....Payback is a B17CH!

    October 15, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  18. maltesefalconx9

    Now, let me get this straight. You are actually complaining about Iran using electronic methods to attack the computer systems of Amerikan banks and the energy sector. This is after odd revelations that are almost never made about the US and Israel producing the so-called Stuxnet virus attack on computers in control of radioactive material in Iran. At least Iran was responsible enough not to attack a domestic nuclear power plant. How does The Government get away with this stuff? It is incomprehensible.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Reply
    • Jparce86

      Even Canadians are smart enough to know this is absolutely ridiculous. If the American public believe garbage like this, god help us all. Americans need to stop blaming Obama. Trillions of dollars spent on warfare, unqualified mortgages accross the board, outsourcing key manufactoring jobs. America created this economic crisis themselves and don't blame Obama because NO BODY had the tools to fix this mess in 4 years. The US dollar can no longer be the world's currency, face it. I know its been hard but Americans have enjoyed enough glory in there days. Its time your economy takes back seat for the time being because our planet and humanity is the real crisis right now. But what the hell do I know? I'm only your neighbor, best friend and enjoyng my countries stable economy and democracy

      October 15, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Reply
      • Hadenuffyet

        sorry , I myself didn't cause this , but big business in the quest for more and more almighty dollars would be highly suspect.

        October 16, 2012 at 12:00 am |
      • turd ferguson

        My Canadian friend, how praytell can your economy be stable when you have that job killing universal healthcare thingee? (Sarcastic post)

        October 16, 2012 at 12:37 am |
  19. Roy

    Yeah grip about it US, when the US government and Homeleand security is doing it to the people of the US and screwing all over the veterans and outright using them as outright guinea pigs well then thats all well and good, but when it's another Country doing it to the US it's whole different horse of a different color all together. Hope they know the crap out of the US's banks and Oil Companies, maybe all of the filthy rich will find out what it's like to get hit.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Reply
    • Tony

      Could not say it any better. Feed them their own medicine.

      October 15, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
    • USSucks

      I agree. The U.S. "believes" its corrupt judicial system is ethical, honest, and diligent. It's nothing more than an auction house staffed by crooks... it's a criminal enterprise... and will continue to be one UNTIL Americans demand lawyers are prevented from holding legislative and executive branches of government. So, what the US government "believes" is usually "be as dishonest as possible to get rich"... and toss the 99% under the bus if we get richer.

      October 15, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  20. reality

    I think this is just fear mongering

    Iran probably couldn't even do this.

    remember, we always need a boogey man to target.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Reply
    • USSucks

      Yes. I agree. IF "we can keep the 99% scared... they won't focus on the true reality we're selling America off to the Chinese."

      October 15, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Reply
      • Hadenuffyet

        Quit friggin buying Chinese crap.

        October 16, 2012 at 12:02 am |
    • David

      This is exactly right. They are duping us into going along with another war in teh middle east just like they told us there were wmd's in Iraq. This is nothing but outright propaganda being put out by cnn, fed to them by 'soruces' within our gov't. cnn is nothing but our gov't's own mouthpiece when it comes to foreign affairs and in particular the middle east.

      October 15, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  21. bribarian

    Media war mongering, always good for a laugh.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Reply
  22. guardsman

    It would appear from reading some of the posts that some appear written out of infantile anger or one too many beverages. No one in their right mind would want war. Sorry for those who do.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Reply
    • USSucks

      DROP THE BOMB. It worked in '45. It'll work today. Chickenfoot.

      October 15, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  23. ANUBISX77

    Just a random thought, there has to be a way to block Iran from the Web... completely isolate them. Just a thought. Fight, fire with fire, but we shall put this fire out.. The day is coming that the evil shall be cleansed off the face of the earth by a coalition of freedom lead by the United States.. Hopefully it doesn't involve an "peace keeping" force

    October 15, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  24. JWH

    Just like Iraq had WMDs. Our military-industrial complex needs a new target so the sociopaths who rule our gov't and industries can keep getting rich and hoarding "stuff" that will simply rot while killing living, priceless human beings; especially our men and women in uniform.

    We haven't fought a moral war since World War 2.


    October 15, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Reply
    • PGS

      You made more sense than any of the other comments. We have not fought any moral wars, only economic ones. Just as sad, I don't see any other country who can claim any higher ground.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:13 am | Reply
  25. C

    Obama is promoting this and blaming it on the video.

    October 15, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  26. Bill

    Who belives that Iran would be that stupid to do something like this now ? Siting quielt and doing what they allegedly are doing what be their interest.
    Pure propaganda

    October 15, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Reply
    • moh

      you are idiot

      October 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Reply
      • Bill

        and you... naive idiot

        October 15, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
    • Robin Jones

      Dream on. The theofascist Iranian regime has never exhibited common sense before and there's no reason they should start behaving rationally now.

      October 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Reply
      • a.ri

        robin jones: the iranian government has done nothing BUT practice common sense for the last thirty years. that you dont recognize that just goes to show that most people wouldn't know common sense if it walked up to them and slapped them across their white black gold loving faces with a wet rolled up newspaper.

        October 15, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
  27. Yes


    October 15, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Reply
  28. Laerrus

    By "Iran" you must mean "ISRAEL"...

    October 15, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Reply
    • a.ri

      oh come now. stop telling everyone. mossad's really lowered the bar on their 'dont talk about fight club' enforcement.

      October 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  29. us_1776

    Is this part of that FEAR, FEAR, FEAR thing?


    October 15, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Reply
    • a.ri

      *adjusts monocle* why. yes. yes it is actually. how did you know?

      October 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  30. Jeff

    The US is an empire that will fail soon. I guarantee it. Do any of you REALLY BELIEVE the Iranians want to provoke the west with 44 military bases surrounding their country? WAKE UP.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Reply
    • Brilliant

      * IDEA * Present two conflicting statements back to back and then conclude my points with, "I guarantee it."

      October 15, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Reply
  31. Tianna

    Anyone that has 2 brain cells to rub together KNOWS that the US has a 30yr+ grudge against Iran since their Revolution. The US has Iran pretty much surrounded, and has slowly been beating the drums of war for decades. If the trigger's gonna be pulled they'll make Israel do it. Cyberattacks are nothing new to the hacking community, and we know thats the new battleground for the 2010's. Why invest billions of $$$ to f^%& up your enemy when you can just have hackers do it for you?

    October 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  32. almond

    If I do it is love, courage and intelligence, if they do it is called rape and terrorism.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  33. bigfoot

    More than likely it was Israel. Does Jonathan Pollard ring a bell?

    October 15, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Reply
    • a.ri

      i know right? our 'allies' sure do snoop around our government an awful lot. all the way up to the top.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Reply
      • pastorcal77

        Is English your first language, a.ri? Do you HAVE a first language?

        October 15, 2012 at 10:58 pm |
      • a.ri

        yeah. i had to know how to read gud and write scribbly like so i could learn to be a dad gum physician. i love how my free flow writing style irks you so. now stop being an amateur, go put your thinking cap on, and form some real opinions on important issues. make sure they're yours and not someone else's because that's what the government likes to see.

        October 15, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
      • pastorcal77

        O.K., a.ri, you've mentioned your "patients," and now you've announced to the world that you're a physician. You're trying too hard, a.ri. It just makes you look needy and pathetic.

        October 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
  34. gdaym8

    OK US Guv...so what if Iran is behind cyberattack? (I don't believe they are). It has been known for quite some time that China and North Korea have infiltrated US computers from time to time also. What are you going to do to them, especially China?..................NOTHING! US only picks on those they think they can control. China laughs at US everyday.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  35. bigfoot

    Good for Iran. We have done a thousand times worse to them in the past and they need a little payback.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Reply
    • a.ri


      October 15, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      Well said.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • Series

      I'll remember you said that when they hack into your bank and crash the network while you are attempting to access your money.

      October 15, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Reply
      • TiredOfPaying

        Unfortunately the 1% have taken all of my money. If Iran was to take all of their money, however, I promise to cry real fake tears all day.

        October 16, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • moh

      @ bigfoot, ari, jeff, .... i'm an iranian and lived many years in that f^*ked up country. You'd better stop trolling.. there are people that get paid to spread nonsense in the comments..and as for the cyberattacks, of course the government is involved.. up to last week the gmail was even temporary blocked and the speed of the internet is so freaking low at few kbites..how these people can attack america with this freaking low internet speed unless there are using satellite that only runs by the government.

      October 15, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  36. Sandra LeVin

    Unfortunately, the Iranian PEOPLE are not at all behind what their government is doing. Most are intelligent, well-educated people who are extremely pro-Western. If the US had supported the Green Movement, this problem may not have grown to the size it has today.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Reply
    • CurmudgeonTx

      If that were truly the case, Amademonnutjob would not keep being re-elected by vast majorities.

      October 15, 2012 at 11:36 pm | Reply
      • pgross

        C'mon man, you think those were legitimate elections? I have a bridge to sell you.

        October 16, 2012 at 12:37 am |
  37. theMan

    LOL no one believes this crap anymore. The war drums cant be beat loud enough anymore. the Jig is up the fat lady has sung and no one wants this type government anymore. LIARS all of them. Where the weapons of mass destruction again? oh thats right there were none... Listen to General Welsy Clark war prediction we are right on schedule.. Obama or Romeny it doesnt matter they all work for the same guy. and its not the american people.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Reply
  38. jim

    Ignorant people posting ignorant statements. CNN must have the countries dumbest followers. A collective IQ of 1. Let's just bury our heads in the sand and everything will be ok. Obama the great messiah will save us all!!!!

    October 15, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Reply
    • Dzee

      Typical fox rant..of course maybe it all had something to do with Obama authorizing a cyber attack against Iran's Nuke program..that was done under the table and nobody discussed until the GOP ran around giving interviews saying he was doing it and essentially throwing the US under the bus in the process. He was trying to take it down from within, but of course we can't go to war and get no bid military contracts if he did that.

      October 15, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Reply
      • jim

        Typical fox rant?? More like typical ignorant liberal assuming that they are correct and all knowing. You really think we can take down Iran with a cyber attack? Are you really that ignorant? Why do you think this is about war? No one has even spoke of war except the liberals commenting here. We don't need war, just a few well placed spies to take out the top ten in the Iranian government, let the people of Iran take over. The people of Iran do not want nuclear weapons, they want ipods, microwaveable, car parts etc.. stop making this about rich republicans wanting war so they can get richer, you sound more ignorant that Joe biden during the debate

        October 15, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
  39. Dynamic

    Pretty sure we outsourced those jobs to India, so if anything happens ... it's THEIR fault!

    October 15, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  40. a.ri

    'let's even imagine that we have an atomic weapon, a nuclear weapon. what would we do with it? what intelligent person would fight 5,000 american bombs with one bomb?' – ahmedinejad at the UN, September 2012. nowhere to be seen or quoted in the american media.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
    • mike7

      The issue is that the Iranian goverment is Crazy. They desire to destoy Israel, even if 95% of their people are killed in retalation.
      So, NO these people are not responsible enough to own a nuclear device.
      Perhaps if they change out their government to an honest one, Iran would have a hope of growing into a strong, honorable country.

      October 15, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Reply
  41. Vesuvius

    I am tired, to my soul. Somebody attacks somebody. Someone else does something to someone.
    I am so tired of it all.
    Muslims, and Muslim extremists scream about the pain caused by America and the West, but no one screams about the pain caused by the Muslim extremists. No one stands up for the inoccents hurt by Muslim terrorists. Everybody calls it "collateral damage", and no one cares.
    I wish, that everybody that lives on this small planet, could feel the pain, that the survivors, and family members, of the innocent victims of sensless war for ideaology, and war for territory, and war for sake of war, have felt. We, all of us, the human race, is to blame for all of this.
    Not one, or the other, but every single person alive is to blame for their inactivity, to stem the pain of millions.
    I am not white, or black. Not Christian, Jew, Muslim, or any other faith. I am not American, Arabian, not European, or Asian. I am human, and I hurt, for everyone.
    If some god, came to me, and asked if I would die, a most painful death, to save all of huumanity, from itself, for all to be granted peace, no matter what their faith, race, or any other thing..... I would gladly do so.
    Please stop it all. If you are alive, then stop all of this.
    You only hurt us all.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
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      October 15, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Reply
  42. wantpeace?

    another war-mongering day at cnn.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  43. dcleveland

    Is this Iran is behind cyber attack like Saddam's WMD's....just saying. Israel is trying so hard to unless it's attack dog...the US marine corp.....I would be surprised if this is another EXCUSE being used to pound the war drum.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Reply
    • jeff

      Hopefully if Obama is reelected and he will let Iran blow Israel of the face of the earth and then maybe we will all be able to get along.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
      • dcleveland

        well i don't agree with that statement but it would be nice if someday America was no longer bought and paid for by Israeli lobby groups who dictate it's foreign policy

        October 15, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
  44. bad2worse

    Everything the government tells us is true! OK? Now move along!

    October 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  45. a.ri

    its encouraging to see so many people commenting on CNN who actually have a grasp on reality. and its fun to watch the pathetic rednecks who want to 'turn them into a parking lot' become more and more marginalized.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Reply
    • pastorcal77

      It's nice that you're finally getting the encouragement that you need, a.ri.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Reply
      • a.ri

        thanks. my patients give me all the validation i need. speaking out for truth and calling out the bullcrap on this site is just a hobby. no feedback required. just a good deed done.

        October 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
      • pastorcal77

        Pathetic! You feel the need to mention your "patients." Poor little man.

        October 15, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
      • TomGI

        All inmates in the asylums say they have "patients." They really think they are doctors.

        October 15, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
      • jim22

        @ari. I approve TomGI comments:
        All inmates in the asylums say they have "patients." They really think they are doctors.

        October 16, 2012 at 12:02 am |
    • BH

      You are the flip side of the same coin. That's sad! So don't act so smug.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Reply
  46. TomGI

    We cyber attack them and they cyber attack us. May the best cyber attackers win.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  47. fedupwithla

    I guess they learned how to do these things while they were being educated in the U.S.?

    October 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  48. a.ri

    ahmedinejad never said he'd wipe israel off the map. look it up morons.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
    • pastorcal77

      Learn to punctuate, moron.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Reply
    • Kaegro

      He did actually.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Reply
    • JimiJoni

      I did and it's close enough for me.

      "In 2000, Khamenei stated, “Iran’s position, which was first expressed by the Imam [Khomeini] and stated several times by those responsible, is that the cancerous tumor called Israel must be uprooted from the region.”

      October 15, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Reply
    • Gmen

      Yes, the quote was mistranslated. Then the Iranian govt stood behind the "wipe off the map" translation by posting it on their own English language website, as well as on billboards throughout Tehran.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Reply
    • a.ri

      actually people who harp on punctuation on online forums are known to not have anything else to say.

      furthermore. he did not say that. it was a blatant mistranslation of his farsi. proven. again. look it up.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Reply
      • TomGI

        And "people" who chronically use poor punctuation like failing to capitalize the first word in a sentence, well what are they?

        October 15, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
    • Series

      When you are done watchng your gov't run news, and finally decide to join the new century where the gov't doesn't speak for the people (it's actually supposed to be the other way around), then please feel free to join in the conversation. Until then, please keep your comments to yourself and your "patients". You have no idea what you are talking about.

      October 15, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  49. a.ri

    suuuuuuuuuuure they are. just like they were trying to assassinate a saudi ambassador on american soil. remember how long that bogus story lasted before they pulled it? while most american's are out of touch with reality and easily manipulated thanks to the extreme jingoism that pervades this country ('amurricah!')...some of us are not. and neither is, by and large, the rest of the citizenship of this planet. basically that means the horse manure that the USG keeps spewing on iran would only be eaten by amurricans.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
    • pastorcal77

      You've got to get up pretty early in the morning to fool a.ri. He's one of the more well-informed security guards.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Reply
    • a.ri

      thats your rebuttal to the argument? good for you.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply
      • pastorcal77

        What argument?

        October 15, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
      • a.ri

        oi vey. forget it. call me when you figure it out.

        October 15, 2012 at 10:35 pm |
    • Jimh77

      The things that are happening in certain areas of the world are so much bigger than most people of the world could even imagine. There are only a few that really know what is actually happening around the world. It is far bigger than you can imagine.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
      • JimiJoni

        Well that certainly clears everything up for me, back to work I go.

        October 15, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
    • TomGI

      Using too many "u" indicates what?

      October 15, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Reply
  50. NukeEm'

    When are we gonna nuke these uncivilized sand trolls?

    October 15, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Reply
    • Jimh77

      Be serious for a minute. We only know that it came from their servers, where is the origination point? Till then, save the WW3 for the dam movies.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Reply
    • a.ri

      never. deep down inside out duplicitous country knows our case against iran is smoke. mirrors. a house of cards. we want them to hit us so we have an excuse. meanwhile we've been hitting them for 25 years. their restraint is admirable. rough and tumble rednecks like you probably cant comprehend that.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
      • TomGI

        Romney doesn't need an excuse. He already promised Sheldon we would attack within six months of his swearing in ceremony.

        October 15, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
  51. BK

    How convenient.
    Ten year olds in their Momma's basements have hacked these sites before, why should we believe this is Iran's doing?

    October 15, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Reply
    • jim

      Try not being an uneducated ignorant liberal. Ever think Iran is trying to provoke a war cuz they hate us and want to kill us? Life is nothing to them, bit they know we value life. It's an honor for them to kill us. Get a clue, please don't vote

      October 15, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Reply
      • momzna

        That's nonsense. You are mistaking the nation of Iran for a bunch of cavemen called Al-Qaeda.

        October 16, 2012 at 1:18 am |
  52. JP

    Total garbage propaganda from the U.S. Deceivers . .

    October 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Reply
    • a.ri

      yup. good to see at least a few people see through the smoke.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  53. Sam

    This is cyber-punk. We are living in it.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Reply
  54. Larry

    Iran is busy using their energies for the negative interests of the rest of civilization? I think we all find this VERY VERY easy to believe! The Iranian people are trapped by this lunatic, shill government until they overthrown these old nuts!

    October 15, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  55. Zman

    I definatly feel like we are being set up for the next war. I think it's someone elses turn to save world. If it's so important, how about the EU or China or even India take a stab at being the worlds policeman? They are all laughing as we squander our future p!ssing in the wind trying to keep all the monsters at bay.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Reply
    • flickerman

      Only one well placed bomb.... enough already.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  56. WhatThe Freak

    Let's let Iran and the #$%@ jews go at it, winner take all, loser shuts up and goes away. Not our fight.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Reply
    • flickerman

      Agree completely. The Israelis took out the Iraq nuclear reactor, then years later the Syrian reactor, and soon Iran. We are weak and lose wars (Afghanistan, Vietnam). So no worry; they're save our ass again and we'll have the pleasure of Jew condemnation.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Reply
    • shrinkDave

      Your fight when your credit card won't go through, the gas pumps go dry, and the bank has a line around the block full of people wanting cash.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  57. TeddyG

    Iran got a little too clever this time. They forgot that the global hacking community (and little Johnny down the street) have no idea who ARAMCO is or even how to spell the name. So the obvious source is a Mideast or Mideast-paid actor with an odd sense for picking targets.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
    • JimiJoni


      October 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Reply
    • Hear Ye

      Ae you with Mi5?

      October 15, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  58. Poltrgiest

    I'm sure those hacked centrifuges provided inspiration. Then we show them drones. War has never been so cheap.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Reply


      October 15, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Reply
      • TomGI

        Too many "F" "O" "U" & "L" used. Please log off.

        October 15, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
  59. men wearing dresses is so year 1000

    here is food for thought. In the new movie argo, it is stated in 1980 irans population was 35 million people, check it now, 70 million, doubled in 30 years, that is scary

    October 15, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Reply
    • dave

      the mono-browed persians are certainly advancing – they must be stopped for the bettermend of mankind.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Reply
    • momzna

      It means that Iranians are not as dimwitted as you imagine. May be life is not that bad in their country, so they fall in love, raise families and dream about better future.

      October 16, 2012 at 1:24 am | Reply
  60. Bill182

    Excellent! We can use the attention and the practice to both harden our network and sharpen our countermeasures before someone competent cyberattacks us.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  61. SonOfHari

    Haha. Now probably the USA wants to go to war with them. Lol..

    October 15, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
    • VicM

      Sure... The US has been doing every thing possible to avoid war. US haters all have the same ideas. Unfortunately, none of those ideas ever makes any sense. At least if you're here on CNN spewing your stupidity, you aren't out burning embassies.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Reply
      • SonOfHari

        If you look at History which country started wars? Woops. You foolish idiot.

        October 15, 2012 at 10:47 pm |
  62. Greg

    "Although officials have not made such an assertion publicly". And yet, here it is folks – breaking news. CNN style.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  63. kalo

    This could either be Iran or some PO off kid in their basement in today's age.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
    • WhatThe Freak

      Is the 'O' followed by 'off' redundant? Smiley-face

      October 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Reply
  64. DavidS

    I call BS. What did they call it, "Crisis Initiation"; wait for or stage an event so bad that you have no choice but to go to war with the perpetrator. Keep stacking the deck against your foe and your people will give you your war, but will it be worth the price they pay for it.

    Everyone else knows who started this fire. The friend of the dead man promises we will never forget.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  65. Reggie Williams

    Why don't the United States assemble Hackers legal or not to show desert rats what we feel about what they are doing. Note: I could careless about seeing rag heads making the news here. I mean like this latest story about one inventing a cheap bicycle out of cardboard which couldn't be more stupid. Stop reporting the stupid, lame and offending .

    October 15, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
    • men wearing dresses is so year 1000

      here here, totally agree. lets down em. the scary thing about that cardboard bike- in Vancouver Canada the mayor is promoting biking from the suburbs into the city- duh, wait tiill he hears about the new bike, omg!!!!

      October 15, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      shut up idiot. your president is a rag head who cant even fake a birth certificate.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Reply
      • dzerres

        Wow, I bet if you were forced to actually state your name you wouldn't be such a racist pig.

        October 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
      • pastorcal77

        What's it taste like, Dan? Did you like it?

        October 15, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
      • JimiJoni

        That's funny...you forgot to mention hosting muslim state dinners at the white house just like Thomas Jefferson did, except Thomas Jefferson never did.

        October 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
  66. bribarian

    These clowns will do anything to build a war.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
    • sean

      naw, USA started this. world's most devastating economic sanctions ever against iraq by us and israel, also usa/israel cyberattacks against iran's nuclear program. they are just retaliating against the attacks they have received.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Reply
  67. Dan

    Orrrrrrrrr, it could be another black flag terror attack concocted by our illustrious government to build a phoney case, just to go to war.

    Ya just never know, do ya?

    October 15, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Reply
    • steve

      That was the GOP that put us in the wars and people want to vote them back into office? With the GOP, we will be in another war within 2 years.

      October 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Reply
    • pastorcal77

      Dan, Dan, daddy's little man ....

      October 15, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  68. Utah Friday

    And now it starts. First with supposed cyber attacks and then there will be a "secret" storehouse of weapons, nukes of course. Other threats, and then obviously it will be time to go to war. Of course, "W" will be consulted and there you have it.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Reply
  69. Jupman

    Sure they are. Now How long till they "Attack" our base in them middle east. I so so sick of crap. Over and Over war peace, escalation, BS attack war.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  70. derykhouston

    America lives by the sword.
    It has no qualms reeking havoc on other countries economies, destroying it's civilians livelihoods.
    They have released cyber attacks on the Iranian people and now..... with a few tweeks..... the Iranians have sent it back. It is time we all said enough is enough. America needs to adhere to international law and stop bullying the rest of the world into supporting murderous attacks on other people. The rest of the world needs leaders who can see through the thin arguements used by America to inflict pain on Iran. Iran is not building a bomb and there is no evidnce that they want to,
    One sure way to make Iran change it's mind on going for a bomb..... is to humiliate them and cripple them without mercy.
    Obama is not as smart as I thought he was. Romney is no better. We need complete change....someone who is against war.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Reply
    • JimiJoni

      You know all this because. . . . .????

      October 15, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Reply
    • Amy

      There's no doubt Iran is going for the 'bomb', and no standing president will allow that to happen wether democrat or republican. I don't doubt our dragging the feet in Afghanistan is mostly to keep us close to an unpredictable Pakistan with Taliban supporters and existing nuclear bombs. We all like to chat and criticize from our couches, but national security is vastly more complicated for most citizens and it is questionable that we can actually intelligently discuss without facts.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Reply
  71. Sheesh

    All bluff as well as phony.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  72. Dennis K. Biby

    "The New York Times reported that while there seems to be no real evidence that the cyber attacks were sanctioned by the Iranian government,"

    Well, hell, if the NYT said it didn't happen, it must not have happened!

    We can neither trust Iranian news media or ...

    October 15, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Reply
  73. Dan

    cant wait til the world wakes up and annihilates all the zionist jews out of this world. send you as-s-holes to mars for your final trip inbred mutts.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Reply
    • pastorcal77

      Dan, you've got an anger problem. I'm not a Jew, but I support Israel's right to defend herself. Liberals are on the wrong side of history–again.

      October 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
      • Dan

        Defend? they shouldn't be there in the first place. A terrorist state funded by wall street bankers. Fu ck you and your pity for israel. Get lost, go donate to jew charities so they can continue keeping USA an armed puppet for all their "defense" needs, idiot.

        October 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
      • pastorcal77

        My, but Dan DOES have an anger problem, don't you? Is it because of what your father did to you, Dan? He held your nose until you swallowed, didn't he? That's awful. Try to go to a happy place, Dan.

        October 15, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • steve


      October 15, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Reply
    • SHAN

      Dan I have reported you to the authorities for inciting hatred against Jews and discrimination. You are a rat, a rat that has a dark and poisened heart and mind. Go back into your hole rat.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Reply
      • Dan

        shan i hope you recorded your conversation with the authorities when you reported me, i wanna hear how hard they laughed at you for me to express my freedom of speech, later geek

        October 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
  74. Brian Smith

    Actually, it could be Iran, Syria, or anyone else who is our current 'enemy' – ie it's really Julian Assange. He is the mastermind this week. But it's perfectly OK for the USA to launch virii against Iran and risk causing a nuclear meltdown that kills billions of innocent people.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  75. Corey

    Nothing but war propaganda. Hilarious! It's not even creative anymore.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  76. Jessica

    The warmongering Neocon Republican's are salivating at the mouth!

    October 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Reply
    • michael

      Yes, Jessica yes we are. It concerns your bank account as well. Or you can kindly sit back as the calm dem i assume you are and "pretend" that Iran will give you, your money back. pop another pill.....weeeeeeee

      October 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Reply
    • Gmen

      I don't understand...they aren't even in office right now. How could they be to blame?

      October 15, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  77. nunya

    put a fire wall around Iran.. simple as that.. lock them into their own countries network.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Reply
    • Joe

      Like +1

      October 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
    • Bible Writer

      Isn't that so simple and easy. If you really think like that, you sure are a mor0n.

      October 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  78. buzz

    Our nerds are better than their nerds

    October 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  79. Sigh

    No war thank you. We've had our fill. Time to fill the coffers and get our house in order. Maybe next decade. Thanks for stopping by.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Reply
    • pastorcal77

      We start to get our house in order when we vote George Washington Buckwheat out of office. Then we'll deal with Iran.

      October 15, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  80. lou50

    nuke the country off the face of the planet and then say: NEXT!

    October 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  81. EdNv

    llol - the sky is falling - the sky if falling - go tell foxy loxy - and DickPerry, you nailed it, the US/Israel started this war on the wires when we attacked Iran's infrastructure causing millions in actual physical damages.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
    • pastorcal77

      Yeah, dude! And don't forget the evil corporations and military-industrial complex. Power to the people! Right on! We need to harness the power of love, man, not the atom! If we gave Iran some love, they'd love us back. Outta sight!

      October 15, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  82. zlulz

    I guess this is what happens when the US wages constant cyber warfare against Iran for the past few years.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
    • durp

      I guess this is what happens when Iran wages constant verbal war on Israel, the west, and any other culture... When it comes to war which it will they won't discriminate in who they kill on our soil. So why you support not your own walls and government is beyond me.

      October 15, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Reply
      • zlulz

        i fully support my own country. I just don't support my country policing the middle east for another country who goes around attacking other countries and carrying out assassinations and then crying when people get mad.

        October 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
  83. nick

    I have a feeling that a propaganda is being crafted against IRAN ? Am I the only one thinking so ?

    October 15, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
    • American

      nope, you're not the only one

      October 15, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
    • Barb

      That's been happening for awhile now, they're just beefing it up a bit.

      October 15, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
    • Sigh

      No, you're right. They are trying to prime us ( it's not working). If Israel wants a war they can go fight it.

      October 15, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Reply
    • SHAN

      No listen to what the evil president says time and again.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Reply
  84. pastorcal77

    CNN's come a long way. Four years ago, CNN blogs were just an impenetrable wall of Obama zombies. Now there's a vocal minority of clear-thinking people expressing themselves. Very good.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  85. American

    i'm fed up with all this blame, hate, ignorance, bigotry, fighting and war...a bit tooooooo much testosterone. ENOUGH!

    October 15, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  86. Jim

    Then Joe Biden is right – our sanctions are working just fine and Iran does not pose a threat.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Reply
    • pastorcal77

      Joe Biden acts like he has a permanently inflamed rectum.

      October 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
      • lou50

        you should put "Doctor" in front of your name, sir.

        October 15, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
      • Sigh

        As a pastor he probably is an expert on rectums. (altar boys at least)

        October 15, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
      • pastorcal77

        do you sigh while fellating?

        October 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
  87. midgik

    If this is true, is this not an act of war? If it is, use our drones, missles, bunker blasting bombs and send them a message.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Reply
    • Barb

      We did it to them first, and more than that.

      October 15, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Reply
    • Occupy Wall Street

      We should thank Iran for doing what our government wouldn't do; punishing the banks for killing our economy, sticking it to the middle class, and paying themselve billions out of their immoral gains.

      October 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  88. bribarian

    Zi0nists want their next war, nobody is worried about Iran but CNN and israel. No more wars, thanks.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
  89. Steve

    Yeah, right, Iran couldn't stop the 'bug' the US & Israel planted at their Nuke plants, why would I believe a 'Lying Government' when they come out with this story??? Anything & Everything the US & Israel can come up with as an 'Excuse' to Attack Iran will be used. I say, let the Jews 'Go it Alone' – for cripes sake, we've got them stockpiled with enough nukes to wipe out all of the mid-east, LOL

    October 15, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  90. tubbyturk

    Funny how in the middle of the article, US and Israeli forces were "suspected" of being those responsible for the cyber attacks on Iran, yet at the bottom of the article, the author clearly states that those attacks indeed were caused by the US and Israel.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  91. Paulie

    The USA needs a cyber-corp.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Reply
    • Joe Dirt

      It's called the NSA.

      October 15, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  92. marctheduck

    Remember to vote for Obama on election day. He may not know what's going on but he cares...

    October 15, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Reply
    • Kris

      You're right...it tooks Bush 8 years if not caring about BinLaden, and Obama only 2 to get him.

      October 15, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply
      • JimiJoni

        I'm thinking the CIA had a bigger part than the credit your giving Obama. Thank god the Navy Seals turned OBL into fish food before Holder could try him in American courts with full rights.

        October 15, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
    • mrhapiguy

      Obama knows what is going on. Unlike the previous president, he can read.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:26 am | Reply
  93. marctheduck

    Gee, I feel so secure with this administration protecting us. Just like the ambassador to Libya. But it's ok – the Iranians are just attacking because of the anti-Mohammed film and all we need to do is put that guy in jail and it all be fine.

    October 15, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Reply
    • lou50

      not till he is hung from a bridge by one leg. then another 1400 years of killing and hate.

      October 15, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply
    • mrhapiguy

      Unless you are in Libya or elsewhere in the middle east, I would not worry about your own safety.

      I mean, it's not like a bunch of commercial airplanes were hijacked and crashed into our skyscrapers, killing thousands of our citizens on our own soil. I wonder if there was a memo on President Obama's desk that said "Al Qaeda determined to attack US Consulate in Libya" because, if there was, and he did nothing to try to stop it, that would be really screwed up.

      October 16, 2012 at 12:23 am | Reply
  94. DickPerry

    US opened the pandoras' box on using drones and cyberattacks. Now everybody has drone capability. And soon everybody has their own variant of stuxnet and other US creations. Let the party begin. Lets see who's infrastructure is most computerized and will take the biggest damage from these kind of malware.

    October 15, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Reply
    • Timetraveler

      What makes you think it's a variant of stuxnet? You think only Americans can write viruses?

      October 16, 2012 at 12:11 am | Reply
  95. markemark44

    Are YOU Kidding Me CNN??? Really? After all of the Objective Posts about your Bias against certain Countries? I am as Caucasian and American as they get and you continue to offend by NOT being Objective and FAIR as you were when I Grew up with you! That's all.

    October 15, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Reply
    • Rags

      Huh? wadusay?

      October 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Reply
    • GEdwards

      Your random thought generator is working, I see.

      October 15, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Reply
    • TheBob

      A little extra crack in the pipe tonight? Or just the usual amount?

      October 16, 2012 at 12:01 am | Reply
  96. DickPerry

    LOL.. Iran is just defending themselves. US has been cyber attacking them for years. Just lookup stuxnet and other nasty pieces of US virus spreading.

    October 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  97. robert55405

    Repeated studies have shown that there is a greater incidence of child molestation and incest among southern white evangelical Christians than in any other group that participated in the study. Living in cramped quarters (such as trailer parks) is one of the main causes of perverted behavior among Christians. Those requiring further proof need only to take a casual drive south of the Mason-Dixon Line. The abundance of toothless Christian cretins you will see are a direct result of generations of inbreeding. Historians have long theorized that the south lost the civil war because of the many mentally challenged soldiers in the Confederate army, also a result of this inbreeding.
    Oddly enough, many of these Christian misfits make their way north or west where they can be found working in gas stations and car washes. And yes, some do end up in Congress on the republican side of the aisle. And some end up in mainstream cinema, appearing in such classics as Deliverance, Smokey and The Bandit and the Dukes of Hazards.
    From those comment, you can find, who are those inbreeds.

    October 15, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Reply
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