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Facing us in cyberspace.
Goes beyond crime.
And it goes beyond harassment.
-- cyber attack.
Perpetrated by nation states.
Or violent extremist groups.
Could be as destructive.
As the terrorist attack on 9/11.
Such a destructive.
Cyber terrorist attack.
Could virtually paralyze.
Gives you some even think about -- that that was Defense Secretary Leon Panetta talking about the threat of cyber attacks.
Linked to countries like China and Russia and Iran.
Saying US and foreign banks have already been -- and we need -- more aggressively defend our nation's networks before critical elements of our infrastructure.
Are targeted national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin's live from the Pentagon and Jennifer.
I've -- -- -- 9/11 there why did secretary Panetta choose this moment at this time to issued this morning.
Well -- the secretary believes this is a pre 9/11 moment when it comes to the potential for a devastating cyber attack.
He was addressing business executives to national security but his real message seems to have been for Iran.
Should be aware.
At the United States has the capacity to locate them.
And to hold them accountable.
For their actions that may try to harm America.
The Pentagon is spending three billion dollars a year on cyber security but Panetta's message.
Was really to other nations about the US military's offensive capability when it comes to cyber China.
Sending really hasn't happened they gave this talk he describes in recent attacks that were previously classified.
He did not.
But in talking to former and current US defense officials -- you had to do is read between the lines.
Iran has also undertaken.
A concerted effort to use cyberspace.
To its advantage.
The recent denial of service attack on Bank of America is believed to have been a response to -- US and international sanctions against your -- oil industry the cyber attacks that struck a rim -- Saudi Arabia's state oil company and similarly.
Struck Qatar is natural gas producer -- gas.
Are largely believed to have emanated from -- ran.
The secretary referred to those two it three incidents in his speech.
These two US allies -- gas and aramco oil and gas industry were paralyzed temporarily by a virus known as -- moon that struck 30000.
Computers and wiped out files.
In networked computers and replace them -- with an icon about burning American flag.
Can't hurt -- -- in pentagon Jennifer thank you.
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