U.S. Charges Iranian Hackers for Cyber Attacks

Bowman dam in Rye Brook, New York

U.S. Government KNEW attacks occurred between 2011-2013, yet STILL approved Iran deal — giving them $150B!

The Justice Department on Thursday unsealed a federal indictment against seven hackers associated with the Iranian government, charging them with cybercrimes.

The crimes include disrupting 46 websites operated by U.S. banks.  This took place from late 2011 through May 2013, and they hacked into a small dam in Rye, New York in an apparent attempt to stop its operation.

According to an 18-page indictment, those charged were working for two Iran-based computer security companies — ITSec Team and Mersad Co. — on behalf of the Iranian government.

The attacks occurred on a near-weekly basis and affected dozens of major institutions, leaving hundreds of thousands of customers unable to access their bank accounts online, the indictment alleges.

Cyber Attack Crime

Those institutions and businesses affected included Bank of America, the Nasdaq composite index, the New York Stock Exchange, Capital One, AT&T and PNC, the indictment alleges.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch described Iran’s attack as “large-scale and coordinated,” noting that Iran’s goal was to cripple America’s economy and wreak havoc on these financial institutions, which faced tens of millions of dollars in damages as a result of the attacks.

One of the alleged hackers also was charged with illegally accessing the Bowman dam in Rye Brook, New York. The hacker was able to seize control of sensitive systems that control the dam’s water levels and flow rates.  On the day Iran seized control of the dam, it was undergoing maintenance that took its computers offline. Barring this coincidence, the Iranian hackers would have had full control of all internal controls, authorities explained.

On Dec. 23, 2015, an Iranian hactivist group claimed responsibility for a cyber attack that gave it access to the control system for a dam in the suburbs of New York — an intrusion that one official said may be “just the tip of the iceberg.”



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