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  • Writer's pictureOlga Nesterova

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Iranian Entities for Malicious Cyber Activity

Tehran, Iran ©Shutterstock.com/Vanchai Tan
Tehran, Iran ©Shutterstock.com/Vanchai Tan

The United States has taken decisive action against Iranian cyber actors, imposing sanctions on two Iranian companies and four individuals involved in malicious cyber activity. These actors are linked directly or indirectly to the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Cyber Electronic Command (IRGC-CEC), a U.S.-designated entity.


Announced on April 23, 2024, the Department of the Treasury's sanctions come in tandem with the unsealing of an indictment by the Department of Justice against the four individuals. Their roles in cyber operations targeting U.S. companies and government entities have been laid bare.


The IRGC-CEC, operating through a network of front companies, has orchestrated numerous cyber attacks not only against the United States but also against several other nations.

This move underscores the United States' commitment to exposing and holding accountable those engaged in malicious cyber activities.


The sanctions were enacted pursuant to Executive Order 13224, as amended, specifically targeting individuals and entities involved in malicious cyber activity for or on behalf of the IRGC-CEC, recognized as a designated terrorist organization.


In a statement, U.S. officials emphasized that such actions will not be tolerated, reaffirming the nation's stance against cyber threats and its determination to protect U.S. companies from becoming victims of malicious cyber activities.


This latest development reflects the ongoing efforts by the United States to safeguard its cyber infrastructure and combat threats emanating from state-sponsored cyber operations. It also serves as a warning to other actors engaging in similar activities that they will face consequences for their actions.


Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury

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