Report—US to Blame Iran for Cyberattack on a N.Y. Dam

The Obama administration is planning to “name and shame” Iran for a 2013 cyber-attack against a small New York dam.

US officials familiar with the investigation told CNN that the Justice Department has prepared an indictment against people thought to be behind the attack. An announcement could come in the next week.

The Bowman Avenue Dam is about 30 miles north of New York City in suburban Rye Brook, N.Y., and its chief job is flood control. Hackers were able to penetrate its back office systems using off-the-shelf tools in an unsophisticated offensive. But the operational systems of the dam weren’t touched.

The dam may seem an odd target for state-sponsored cyber activity, but the sources said that investigators were able to quickly determine that the attack was indeed carried out by hackers working for the Iranian government. At the time, Iranian hackers also were conducting similar probing attacks on US financial institutions, and the US and Iran were in talks over Iran’s nuclear program.

 

 

 

SOURCE: Tara Seals | Infosecurity Magazine

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