On March 24, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice charged seven Iranians with a series of hacking charges that include targeting dozens of U.S. banks, causing millions of dollars in damage, as well as an attempt to shut down the Bowman Avenue Dam in Rye, New York. The hackers, who have been added to the FBI’s Most Wanted List are:
– Ahmad Fathi (37)
– Hamid Firoozi (34)
– Amin Shokohi (25)
– Sadegh Ahmadzadegan aka Nitr0jen (23)
– Omid Ghaddarinia aka PLuS (25)
– Sina Keissar (25)
– Nader Saedi aka Turk Server (26)
The hackers were employed by two Iranian companies – ITSecTeam and Mersad Company, which are seemingly owned by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), leading to the suspicion that the operations were sponsored by the Iranian government.
The hackers are charged with a DDoS attack on financial institutions that took place in 2013. At the time, the responsibility for the hack was claimed by the Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Cyber Brigades, which referred to the hack as “Operation Ababil.” For more, see MEMRI Inquiry & Analysis Series Report No. 1017, The Rise And Fall Of The Qassam Cyber Fighters: Arab Hacking Group or Iranian Cyber Front? A Review Of Its First Year Of Activity – September 2012-September 2013, September 18, 2013.
Responsibility for the Bowman Avenue Dam hack was previously claimed by Parastoo, an unknown Iranian hacker group.
Source: Thehackernews.com, March 24, 2016; Tomsguide.com, March 24, 2016.