US indicts 7 Iranians in connection with cyber-attacks on banks

WASHINGTON, March 24 (KUNA) — The US Justice Department on Thursday unsealed an indictment against seven Iranian computer specialists, charging that they were behind cyber-attacks that began in 2011 on dozens of American banks, and that they attempted to take over the controls of a small dam in New York state.
The seven who were indicted regularly worked for the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, but the indictment does not say that the attacks were directed by the Corps.
The attacks targeted JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Capital One and PNC Bank. The indictment also cited attacks on the New York Stock Exchange and AT&T.
All the attacks were “distributed denial of service” attacks, in which computers are overwhelmed by globally coordinated computer requests from thousands of machines. The result is often crashed networks that are put out of service for hours.
The indictment was announced by US Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a news conference in Washington with the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, where the indictment was handed down. The Iranians named in the indictment were Ahmad Fathi, Hamid Firoozi, Amin Shokohi, Sadegh Ahmadzadegan, Omid Ghaffarinia, Sina Keissar and Nader Saedi. (end) rm.nfm