Wuring the negotiations in Vienna about a return to the nuclear agreement Iran stuck in an impasse, Washington is cracking down on Iranian cybercriminals. The American judiciary has indicted three Iranians with ties to the Revolutionary Guards. They are accused of hacking to blackmail organizations and businesses in the United States and other countries. This was announced by the judiciary in New Jersey.
The defendants are said to have demanded hundreds of thousands of dollars from people using ransomware. Among the victims in the United States These include regional electric utilities, New Jersey and Wyoming municipalities, a public housing company, and also a women's shelter in Pennsylvania.
The Justice Department stressed that the defendants are not charged with disrupting power supplies or shutting down other critical infrastructure. The three Iranian citizens also acted alone and not on behalf of the regime in Tehran. However, government representatives said that the Revolutionary Guards in Iran deliberately ignored such activities and made them possible. The Iranian government has created a safe haven for such crimes, the Justice Ministry said.
Assets in America are frozen
The three accused live in Iran. Therefore, it is very unlikely that the American judiciary will be able to take them into custody. However, the charges restrict the freedom of movement of the three men outside of Iran, it said. The measure also has a deterrent effect.
The US government also imposed sanctions on ten people, including the three accused, and two entities in Iran for their role in conducting cyber attacks, the Treasury Department said. The people had connections to the Revolutionary Guards, which in Washington classified as a terrorist organization. Assets of victims in America are now frozen; American citizens are prohibited from doing business with the persons.
The Wall Street Journal also reported on Thursday that the Biden administration is considering imposing sanctions on facilities in Iran that are responsible for attacks on the Indian-born British-American writer Salman Rushdie would have called. The author was attacked with a knife and seriously injured by a 24-year-old man, the son of Lebanese immigrants, at a public event in upstate New York last month.
The sanctions Washington is considering would limit those entities' access to the international financial system. According to American sources, some of these establishments had offered rewards for an assassination attempt on Rushdie. As the newspaper continues to write, the Biden administration has not yet made a decision. However, she quotes a government representative as saying that parts of the regime in Iran are partly responsible for the crime because they supported the fatwa of Ayatollah Khomeini, the then revolutionary leader, in 1989 after the publication of the novel "The Satanic Verses".