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Hackers in Iran have reportedly been able to access software that runs US oil and gas pipelines.
That's according to the Wall Street Journal which is owned by the parent company of our network.
The newspaper reports -- -- and hackers have recently stepped up so called infiltration.
Missions against American energy companies.
Predictably the Iraqi Government denies -- anybody.
John -- he's with us now he's the assistant managing editor and executive business editor.
For the Wall Street Journal newspaper what what to make of this yes Ron Gorman -- Danny had yet turn our reporting that's right in the paper.
This is the kind of the next step this is more serious than launching denial of service attacks on bank web sites.
The the Iran is apparently went into these pipeline and energy companies have -- primarily along the Canadian border.
And they were looking at how to control.
-- systems themselves so.
This could shut down operations affect electrical grids that sort of thing it's much more.
Serious not going in snooping around trying to find trade secrets it was going in snooping around trying to look how to do damage.
I wonder what we've what we've you can find out I wonder how many things we don't find out about and how serious and widespread this really is -- I think and that's -- that's a good question and it's a big question for Washington which is really quite concerned about.
In the US and how do you cause companies to share information to make sure that everybody knows that the -- of the problem because.
Most if not all of these grids are getting attacked on a daily basis sometimes.
Hundreds of times we know that Iran is looking for ways to.
To project its power at a time win these economic sanctions are really having an impact.
Our US officials reacting to this whether they're not say how they you know that it's Iran but they did say that they know that it's arrived and they are sort of ratcheting up the rhetoric -- this.
Happened last year.
When they began to sort of signal to Iran we know that you have been doing things internationally including with Saudi aramco the Saudi.
So I think that you're seeing it now I think -- you're seeing the the the discussion of this much more pointed much more directed at Iran.
And signaling that they feel that Iran has crossed the line and -- they should do it again.
If they're able to get in in control and manipulate these mechanisms I guess.
That are they able to shut off flow.
And therefore disrupt the economy and so much more yeah well that is the concern and the answer to that is presumably yes because they're looking at the very control systems for -- these pipelines.
Now whether or not that could be stopped before they actually got to that point.
The US isn't saying whether or not the security systems within the energy companies were sufficient to her -- this.
But with the US is also not saying is what is the -- gonna do that this.
You remember it was the US that -- the Iran -- nuclear facilities with the stuck its next that virus.
It is the US saying to Iran if you do this again you're gonna see more of that and it's going to be more potent.
-- John -- from the Wall Street Journal in the story of now I wsj.com.
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