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Justice Department Charges Iranians With Hacking U.S. Banks, Dam


"These attacks were relentless."

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WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) -- Justice Dept. announces charges against Iranian hackers in cyberattacks on banks, NY dam.

Seven computer experts with links to Tehran were indicted Thursday as Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey announced the charges at a news conference in Washington, D.C.

"These attacks were relentless. They were systematic. And they were widespread," Lynch said, NBC News reported.

The hackers allegedly targeted 46 U.S.-based financial institutions in 2011, 2012 and 2013, resulting in customers not being able to access their accounts. The cyberattacks cost the banks millions of dollars in business, the Justice Department alleged.

Bank of America, the New York Stock Exchange, Capital One and ING and PNC Banks were among the institutions that were targeted. The indictment alleges the hackers also broke into the control system of a small dam in the suburbs of New York City.

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