U.S. Congressman MIKE POMPEO, Representing the 4th District of Kansas

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Pompeo on Indictment of Iranians for Cyber Attacks on U.S. Banks, Dam

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Washington, March 24, 2016 | comments

March 24, 2016
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Pompeo on Indictment of Iranians for Cyber Attacks on U.S. Banks, Dam

WICHITA – Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) today released the following statement after the Obama administration indicted seven hackers tied to Iran for cyber attacks between 2011 and 2013 on dozens of U.S. banks and a dam in Rye, New York, which is located just 20 miles from New York City.  The attacks cost these banks millions of dollars and resulted in successful backdoor access to the Bowman Avenue Dam’s control system. 

“Now that the Obama administration has finally identified Iran as the perpetrator of these attacks on our critical infrastructure and financial institutions, it is time we respond with consequences to deter this regime and prevent such attacks from succeeding in the future,” Pompeo said.  “These cyber attacks demonstrated the technological sophistication of the Iranian government and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Iran’s focus on attacking the U.S., and the vulnerability of American industry and infrastructure to cyber attacks.  Even while the U.S. and Iran were negotiating the nuclear deal, Iran was maliciously undertaking these attacks—just as it continues to hold Americans hostage and test ballistic missiles.  While the evidence against President Obama’s nuclear deal continues to mount, our need for a president who will stand up to Iran’s misbehavior grows even greater.  As Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), a fellow critic of the nuclear deal, said at the time, these attacks should serve as a ‘crystal clear wakeup call’ to the United States.”

Pompeo serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Select Committee on Benghazi.  He is a graduate of West Point and an Army veteran.

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