US sanctions 12 Iranian individuals, entities over alleged cyber attacks
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Sep 15, 2022
New York, IRNA -- The US Department of the Treasury on Wednesday added 10 Iranian individuals and 2 entities to its sanctions list, accusing them of carrying out cyber attacks.
The department said that all the targeted individuals and entities are linked to Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and subject to secondary sanctions.
Five days ago, on September 9, the US Treasury Department also imposed sanctions on Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and its Minister for what it described as "engaging in cyber-enabled activities against the United States and its allies".
The move followed an earlier announcement by Albania which accused Iran of cyberattacks in July 2022 and cut diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic.
Iran strongly dismissed Albania's allegation, saying that it is a victim of cyberattacks itself and rejects using cyberspace against other countries.
Tehran also condemned Washington over its sanctions against the Iranian Intelligence Ministry and Minister.
The foreign ministry spokesman said that the US immediate support for Albania's baseless accusation and Washington's prompt action to repeat sanctions relying on the undocumented accusations against the Ministry of Intelligence indicate clearly that the constructor of the scenario is not the Albanian government, but the American administration.
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