U.S. Sanctions 6 Iranian Officials for Critical Infrastructure Cyber Attacks

By neub9
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Feb 03, 2024

Intelligence Agency / Cyber Security

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has announced sanctions against six officials connected to the Iranian intelligence agency for their involvement in attacks on critical infrastructure entities in the U.S. and other countries.

The sanctioned officials include Hamid Reza Lashgarian, Mahdi Lashgarian, Hamid Homayunfal, Milad Mansuri, Mohammad Bagher Shirinkar, and Reza Mohammad Amin Saberian, all of whom are part of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Cyber-Electronic Command (IRGC-CEC).

Hamid Reza Lashgarian, who heads the IRGC-CEC and is a commander in the IRGC-Qods Force, is accused of being involved in various IRGC cyber and intelligence operations.

The Treasury Department has stated that these individuals are being held accountable for “cyber operations in which they hacked and posted images on the screens of programmable logic controllers manufactured by Unitronics, an Israeli company.”

In late November 2023, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) disclosed that the Municipal Water Authority of Aliquippa in western Pennsylvania was targeted by Iranian threat actors by exploiting Unitronics PLCs.

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