Seven alleged Iranian hackers from security companies working on behalf of that nation's government that were indicted by the US Department of Justice in early 2016 now have been slapped with new sanctions by the US Department of Treasury.
Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has sanctioned a total of 11 Iranian entities and individuals for alleged support of malicious cyber activity as well as two Iran-based networks behind the massive distributed denial-of-service attacks that hit US financial institutions in 2012.
Ahmad Fathi, 37; Hamid Firoozi, 34; Amin Shokohi, 25; Sadegh Ahmadzadegan, aka Nitr0jen26, 23; Omid Ghaffarinia, aka PLuS, 25; Sina Keissar, 25; and Nader Saedi, aka Turk Server, 26; allegedly launched DDoS attacks against 46 organizations - mainly US financial institutions - from late 2011 to mid-2013, and were indicted by the DoJ last year. Firoozi was also charged with hacking into a server at a New York dam between August and September 2013. The seven Iranians were employed by ITSecTeam (ITSEC) and Mersad Company (MERSAD), both of which were working for the Iranian government and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard.
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