Meehan: Cyberattack indictments demonstrate Iran is not worthy of trust

U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) said on Thursday that the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) announcement that seven Iranian nationals had been indicted for cyberattacks demonstrates that Iran isn’t worthy of trust.

The DOJ said that seven Iranian nationals who were enlisted by entities associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had conducted a “coordinated campaign of cyberattacks against the U.S. financial sector.”

“For years, Iran has been waging a sustained campaign of cyberwarfare against the United States and Israel,” Meehan, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said. “The indictments announced by the Justice Department today reveal how the Iranian government – and its Revolutionary Guard Corps in particular – has been complicit in these attacks. These attacks were meant to undermine the smooth functioning of our economy and our infrastructure. Cyberwarfare has the potential to put lives and livelihoods at risk.”

One of the defendants was charged with gaining unauthorized access to a dam control system in Rye, N.Y.

“The ink on the administration’s Iran deal is barely dry but with each passing day it becomes a bigger and bigger mistake,” Meehan said. “Whether it’s conducting ballistic missile testing, cyberattacks on our critical infrastructure or continued support for terror around the world, these are not the acts of a nation worthy of trust.”

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