Tehran de­nies sup­port­ing cy­ber at­tacks against US banks

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

Iran has de­nied sup­port­ing cy­ber­at­tacks against the United States af­ter a U.S. court for­mally charged seven Ira­nian na­tion­als over hack­ing dozens of Amer­i­can banks and a New York dam.

"The Is­lamic Re­pub­lic of Iran has never had dan­ger­ous cy­ber ac­tions on its agenda and does not sup­port such mea­sures," Iran's For­eign Min­istry said in a state­ment on March 26. The U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment on March 24 in­dicted the seven Ira­ni­ans be­lieved to have been work­ing on be­half of the Ira­nian gov­ern­ment and de­scribed as "ex­pe­ri­enced com­puter hack­ers."

At least 46 ma­jor fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions and fi­nan­cial sec­tor com­pa­nies were af­fected by the co­or­di­nated hack­ing cam­paign from 2011 to 2013, ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment.

At a news con­fer­ence, At­tor­ney General Loretta Lynch said the cy­ber­at­tacks in­flicted tens of millions of dol­lars in dam­ages. The al­leged at­tack against the dam by Ira­ni­ans could have im­posed a clear and present danger to Amer­i­cans, she said.

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