Iranian Hackers SABOTAGE Grid – We Know Who They Are
(RightWing.org) – The US Government has charged three Iranians with cyberattacks on US targets. The hackers were part of a much larger conspiracy to attack multiple countries, and it’s unclear whether they were working for the Iranian government — this time.
On September 14, the Justice Department unsealed indictments against Mansour Ahmadi, Ahmad Khatibi Aghda, and Amir Hossein Nickaein Ravari, all Iranian nationals, for their role in a two-year conspiracy to hack hundreds of organizations in the US and other countries, including several power companies. According to the indictments, the three were criminals looking for money, but US intelligence sources also suspect the Iranian government of hacking.
Three Iranian Nationals Charged with Engaging in Computer Intrusions and Ransomware-Style Extortion Against U.S. Critical Infrastructure Providers https://t.co/K110wF1zgw
— National Security Division, U.S. Dept of Justice (@DOJNatSec) September 14, 2022
On September 14, the Justice Department, along with the FBI, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the British, Canadian, and Australian governments, also released a warning about hacking by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a paramilitary force directly controlled by Iran’s religious leaders and designated a terrorist organization by the US. The same day, the Treasury Department sanctioned 10 Iran hackers with IRGC connections. That followed the imposition of sanctions against Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence on September 9 after a cyberattack on Albania.
Intelligence sources believe the targets of the latest indictments are in Iran. The Justice Department is offering a $10-million reward for information that leads to their arrests.
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