The US House of Representatives Intelligence Committee has detected a series of new, dangerous cyber attacks stemming from an "unusual source" targeting the US financial industry.
"[We have discovered a] threat that would target networks here from an unusual [...] source that has some very real consequences if we are not capable to deal with it," Reuters quoted committee chairman Mike Rogers as saying on Thursday.
Rogers reportedly declined requests for clarification who the culprit behind the new series of cyber attacks. The only clue given by the chairman came when he described Iran as a growing player in the cyber espionage business.
"I think they're [Iran] closer than we'd all like them to be to come in and cause trouble on our financial services networks," he added.
At the time of publishing the Committee had not responded to V3's request for comment on Reuters' article.
The news follows widespread warnings that the number of cyber threats facing the financial industry is increasing.
The US Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) upgraded its Cyber Threat Advisory status from Elevated to High in September, following unexplained outages on the Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase's websites.
Despite the upgrade, US bank Wells Fargo was hit by an attack just a few days later, while the White House also reported an attack on its networks earlier this week.
Traditionally the US government has listed China and Russia as the main culprits behind attacks targeting it.
Most recently the committee has launched its own investigation into Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE, who are believed to be helping the Chinese government mount its speculated cyber espionage campaigns.
The allegations led Huawei to release a dossier refuting the US claims earlier in September.
Prior to Rogers' reports UK foreign secretary William Hague had issued his on call for a united response to cyber crime and state sponsored attacks during a speech in Budapest.
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