FOX News has learned that the anti-American sentiment in the Mideast was followed by a cyber attack on U.S. banks, and all the evidence points to one nation being behind it.

FOX's Catherine Herridge has details from Washington in our ongoing series on national security:

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Within days of the 9/11 attack on Benghazi and anti-U.S. demonstrations in the Middle East, a wave of cyber attacks unfolded against the U.S. banks.  Dale Meyerrose, a retired Major General with the U.S. Air Force and leading cyber security expert, says Iran is the leading suspect.

(Maj. Gen. Meyerrose) "The timing is very definite.  It was post-9/11, it was to make a statement, it was to inflict disfunction, if you will, on the banking industry of the big heathen West."

While there was bipartisan support in the House, comprehensive cyber legislation was blocked in the Senate over regulatory and privacy issues last year.

In Washington, Catherine Herridge, FOX News Radio.

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