Desperate for a reason to invade Iran, the US military establishment is using its latest bugbear of cyber warfare as its latest pretext.
Last week the US military warned that it could act to stop a cyber war and Defence Secretary Leon E. Panetta said that the United States was at risk of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor.” This followed early mutterings that cyber war could be could be countered with conventional weaponry a year ago.
Now according to the New York Times, US spooks have claimed that Iran was the place of origin of a serious wave of network attacks that crippled computers across the Saudi oil industry and breached financial institutions in the United States.
Instead of weapons of mass destruction, US spooks have focused on a “cybercorps” that Iran’s military created in 2011. This was partly in response to American and Israeli cyberattacks on the Iranian nuclear enrichment plant at Natanz.
The attacks emanating from Iran have been modest and the country is a lot weaker than China and Russia. But the US does not want desperately to go to war with China or Russia.
However the US does feel the need to get involved anytime that oil is mentioned.. The biggest hack was on Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company. The War on Iraq was against the Saudi’s enemies and an oil rival and now it seems that that the Saudis are not big fans of Iran either.
Aramco, the Saudi state oil company, has been bolstering supplies to customers who can no longer obtain oil from Iran because of Western sanctions.