Iranian Cyber Threat to the U.S. Homeland, Joint Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence and the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, Second Session April 26, 2012   [open pdf - 307KB]

This is the April 26, 2012 joint hearing on "Iranian Cyber Threat to the U.S. Homeland," held before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies. From the opening statement of Patrick Meehan: "Earlier this year, in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper clearly stated that Iran's intelligence operations against the United States, including cyber capabilities, have dramatically increased in recent years in depth and complexity. What I view as a private-sector validation of the cyber threat posed by Iran, Google executive Chairman Eric Schmidt recently stated the Iranians are talented in cyber war for some reasons we don't fully understand. In the event of a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Michael Leiter, assessed that a cyber attack conducted by Iran-- Tehran against the United States, would be reasonably likely. The threat of cyber warfare may be relatively new, but it is not small. Iran has reportedly invested over $1 billion in developing their cyber capabilities, and it appears they may have already carried out attacks against organizations like the BBC, and Voice of America. There have been reports that Iran may have even attempted to breach the private networks of a major Israeli financial institution. Iran is very publicly testing its cyber capabilities in the region, and in time, will expand its reach." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Patrick Meehan, Daniel E. Lungren, Brian Higgins, Yvette D. Clarke, Frank J. Cilluffo, Ilan Berman, and Roger L. Caslow.

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