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Threats of cyber attacks from Iran, China could impact locals

U.S. Attorney Jay Town says, “80 percent of all economic espionage in this country has a nexus to China. 60 percent of every case that we have that involves the...

Over 100 business executives, politicians, and FBI representatives met at the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce Monday afternoon to speak on cyber threats posed by Iran and China.

After the killing of Iranian top military commander Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike, the U.S has received a number or threats of retaliation from Iranian leadership. 

One form that’s a concern? Cyber attacks. And it could impact you.

Jay Town, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama says,  “It’s been widely reported over the last four or five years that Iran’s been very active– not only here in the United States, but our partners in Israel, Turkey and Great Britain.”  

Over 100 business executives, politicians, and FBI representatives met at the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce Monday afternoon to speak on cyber threats posed by Iran and China.

U.S. Attorney Jay Town says, “Who [local businesses] give access to that information is critically important, not only to their business but to our national infrastructure as well.”  

This is the most significant confrontation between the U.S and Iran in years. Government officials say we could be at risk of cyber attacks that could disrupt anything from corporate systems to healthcare and military systems. 

And Iran isn’t the only threat. Attacks by China were heavily discussed during today’s meeting. 

U.S. Attorney Jay Town says, “80 percent of all economic espionage in this country has a nexus to China. 60 percent of every case that we have that involves theft of trade secrets has a nexus to China.” 

Experts at FireEye, an international Cyber Security company, report you could see these attacks in the form of fraudulent social media accounts used to harvest information.

John Hultquist, Director of Intelligence Analysis at FireEye says “The purpose is to signal to Americans that they can reach out and touch us,”

We stopped by H2L Solutions, a cyber-security company here in Huntsville to find out how you can protect yourself at home every day. And it all starts with a few simple changes. 

David Oberle, a Cyber Security expert at H2L Solutions says, “The first thing is make sure all of your software is up to date. I would say the easiest way for someone to gain access to your system is through unpatched software. So basically make sure you’re always running the most up to date software, use strong passwords, and– if you can– use multi-factor authentication.”

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