Andrey Kostin - Russia, Syria, China, Iran

10 May 2012 Bloomberg
Andrey Kostin is President and Chairman, VTB Bank.

"When we remove regimes or situation removes regimes we see dangerous islamists. Very dangerous. Mechanism of United Nations is very important. Russia will be cooperating with American on this issue but it should be mutual"

"According to the DNI, Iran's intelligence operations against the United States, including cyber capabilities, have dramatically increased in recent years in depth and complexity. The DNI assesses that this will be one of the top threats to the United States in the coming years. The former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Michael Leiter has stated that a cyber attack from Iran is more likely than an attack on U.S. soil."

In a Persian Gulf military stand off, Iran might also combine computer-network attacks against U.S. military information and communications systems with more conventional jamming techniques "to degrade U.S. and allied radar systems, complicating both offensive and defensive operations,"

The Washington Times reports that the United States would use cyberweapons against an adversary's computer networks only after those at the highest levels of government approved of the operation because of the risks of collateral damage, a senior US military official said this week. The director of intelligence at US Cyber Command, Navy Rear Admiral Samuel J. Cox, said cyberattacks can do significant harm to a country's infrastructure and never should be carried out in a cavalier manner."

"An Israeli strike on Iran would probably prompt Iranian-backed terrorist attacks, but only Israel would be targeted with missiles, retired American General James E. Cartwright told The New York Times"

"Should Hizballah decide to carry out attacks on U.S. soil in the event of a military confrontation with Iran, it has the capacity to do so. On March 21, Dr. Levitt testified on this subject before the House Homeland Security Committee. The following is a summary of his remarks."

"There is a great deal of worry in terms of what they may be able to do if they're pushed to the brink," says cybersecurity researcher Dmitri Alperovitch. "If they believe the regime is threatened, if they believe they're about to be attacked, [they may consider] how can they employ cyberweapons, either to deter that attack or to retaliate in a way they can't do militarily."