Mar 24 2016
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the indictment of seven Iranians for cyber attacks:
“Today’s indictment of seven Iranian hackers for targeting U.S. banks and critical infrastructure points to the pervasiveness of this threat and the need for the government and private sector to do more to secure our computer networks.
“Financial losses from cyber attacks are approaching $1 trillion a year, and millions of Americans have already had their personal information exposed. But the report of a cyber attack targeting a dam in New York points to a third weakness: our critical infrastructure.
“If hackers are able to access dams, the electrical grid, airports, our water supply or nuclear plants, the amount of damage they could do is enormous. Congress took a key step last year by passing a cybersecurity information sharing bill to help identify and stop attacks. But we also need to do more to protect our critical infrastructure.
“I congratulate the Justice Department and the FBI for these indictments and look forward to the individuals being held accountable for their actions.”