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In this example, the press takes advantage of recent comments about a “cyber Pearl Harbor” and implies that what looks like a case of identity theft for the purposes of tax and credit card fraud is an international cyber attack on the U.S. by our enemies.
The press release from the state does not say this:
And even though news reports mention that the governor was cautious to avoid saying that there were nation states involved, the reporters cannot resist speculating about Iran and China in an attempt to tie the events together. Here is one example, but it is by no means the only one:
In the “fog of war” vein that the press could use to justify this, the Times, which does not take the route of alluding to nation state cyber attacks, quotes State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry as saying that “the hacker used a foreign Internet Protocol (IP) address to gain access to the data.”