7 Iranians Charged With Hacking Attacks on US Banks, Dam

Forty-six major financial institutions were targeted in 2011, 2012 and 2013

The U.S. Justice Department announced seven Iranian computer experts linked to the government in Tehran were charged with hacking American banks and a dam in New York.

Forty-six major financial institutions, including Bank of America and Capital One, were targeted from 2011 to 2013, stopping hundreds of thousands of customers from accessing their accounts and costing the businesses millions of dollars, the feds charged.

The hackers allegedly also broke into the control system for Bowman Avenue Dam in Rye Brook, about 20 miles north of New York City, the indictment says.

FBI Director James Comey, speaking at a joint press conference Thursday morning with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, said the cyberattacks are proof there "is no place safe in this increasingly smaller world."

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