The US Office of Foreign Assets Control has blacklisted six wallets and nine Iranian citizens who are suspected of hacking attacks on the country’s government institutions.
OFAC accuses defendants, listed blacklisted, conspiring to commit fraud, intentionally damage computer systems, and demand monetary compensation in bitcoins. All US individuals and entities, or any US citizens abroad, are prohibited from transacting with addresses or people added to the sanctions list.
The agency said the members of the Iranian hacker group belonged to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and their “large-scale” attacks were sponsored by the Iranian government.
As part of the State’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program, a reward of up to $10 million has been announced for information leading to the arrest of criminals, as well as allowing the identification and location of Iranian hackers on the OFAC list.
Previously, the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Department of the Treasury notified commercial and government companies in the country that paying ransomware to attackers during ransomware attacks could violate US sanctions and entail fines.