Iran denies supporting US bank hacking
27 March 2016, 12:00
Tehran – Iran on Saturday denied supporting cyber attacks against
the United States after a New York court indicted seven Iranians over hacking
dozens of American banks and a major dam.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran has never had dangerous cyber
actions on its agenda and does not support such measures," Hossein Jaber
Ansari, the spokesperson for Iran's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The United States on Thursday announced computer hacking charges
against seven Iranians who it said worked for firms linked to the Iranian
government, accusing them of infiltrating nearly 50 banks and financial
institutions, as well as a major New York dam.
The announcement comes after a nuclear agreement last year between
Iran, the United States and five other major powers raised hopes for better
relations between Tehran and Washington.
In a standoff that lasted more than a decade, the US and the
European Union imposed sanctions in a bid to stymie Tehran's disputed nuclear
programme and ensure a bomb was out of reach. Iran persistently denied seeking
The United States and Israel allegedly attacked Iran's nuclear
facilities in 2010 with a computer virus called Stuxnet, although neither
government has acknowledged it.
The virus, which temporarily hobbled Iran's nuclear refining
facilities, was believed to be the first programme designed not just to steal
information or hijack computers, but to damage equipment.
"The United States, which with its cyber attacks against
Iran's peaceful nuclear facilities put millions of innocent Iranians at the
risk of a environmental disaster is in no position to accuse citizens of other
countries, including those of Iran," Ansari said.