U.S. charges Iranians who allegedly hacked banks, infiltrated New York dam

by Christopher Miller  |  published on March 24, 2016

The United States on Thursday charged a group of alleged Iranian hackers authorities believe carried out a series of Tehran-backed cyber attacks on dozens of U.S. banks and infiltrated the supervisory control system of a small New York dam between 2011 and 2013.

An indictment, announced by Attorney General Loretta Lynch during a press conference streamed live from Washington, lists charges against seven Iranians, including three nicknamed “Nitr0jen26,” “PLuS” and “Turk Server.”

Lynch said the alleged carried out the attacks with the support of Iran’s government and with the sole purpose of undermining American companies and damaging the U.S.’s free market system.

The indictment is one of the highest-profile U.S. indictments against a foreign nation on hacking charges. The U.S. has previously publicly attributed cyber attacks on large U.S. companies to Chinese and North Korean hackers.

Investigators believe the alleged Iranian hackers, employed by two companies, were contracted by the Iranian government to attack 24 financial institutions, including Nasdaq, the New York Stock Exchange, Bank of America, Capital One Bank, U.S. Bank, among many others. Lynch said the attacks caused victims “tens of millions of dollars.”

  • Ron

    Our brave Attorney General… she valiantly indicts seven guys she can’t touch and who are halfway around the world from us. Meanwhile, the mountains of evidence against Hillary Clinton continue to pile up, the FBI investigations into her actions continue ad infinitum ad nauseum, and her Presidential campaign just continues as if she’s as pure as the driven snow, with no indictment forthcoming. And people wonder why the level of trust and faith in our government is in the toilet?

  • carpkiller

    Its all bull. Even if it happened they are not going to do anything to them. Those are obamas best buddies.

    • Freedom

      You hit that nail right on the head.

  • Roger

    So the rich were robbed, that’s the only reason she’s making a stink about it.

    • I Seigel

      What does hacking the controls of a dam have to do with rich people?

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