Feds Indict and Treasury Sanctions Iranian Hackers for Critical Infrastructure Attacks
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U.S. prosecutors accused three Iranian men allegedly linked to the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IGRC) of attacking electric utilities, local governments, and others in the U.S. with ransomware. Separately, the Treasury Department imposed sanctions on the alleged hackers and others, saying the group had tried to breach U.S. and Middle Eastern defense, diplomatic, and government personnel and was responsible for an attempted breach of Boston Children’s Hospital last summer.
According to the indictment, the three men, Mansour Ahmadi, Ahmad Khatibi, and Amir Nickaein, breached the networks of a municipality in New Jersey, power companies in Mississippi and Indiana, a domestic violence shelter in Pennsylvania, and a state Bar Association, among others, since October 2020, The hackers were thwarted before they could damage the operations of critical infrastructure. Still, some victims did pay ransom to regain access to their systems.
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