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Iran Denies Any Role In Westchester Dam Hack Attack

The Bowman Avenue Dam in Rye.
The Bowman Avenue Dam in Rye. Photo Credit: Google Maps

RYE, N.Y. -- Iran's Foreign Ministry denied it hacked into computers at a small dam in Westchester as well as 46 financial institutions.

The denial came on Saturday, two days after federal indictments accused seven Iranian computer workers with masterminding the cyberattack. The attack included attempts to access controls to a small dam on Bowman Avenue in Rye Brook. The dam's flood control gate was inoperable at the time due to maintenance, so no one was endangered, local officials said.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has never had dangerous cyber actions on its agenda and does not support such measures," Hossein Jaber Ansari, the spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

At a Washington, D.C., news conference on Thursday, U.S. prosecutors detailed computer hacking charges against the Iranians. Prosecutors said the computer firms were linked to the Iranian government.

"The United States, which with its cyber attacks against Iran's peaceful nuclear facilities put millions of innocent Iranians at the risk of a environmental disaster is in no position to accuse citizens of other countries, including those of Iran," Ansari said in his statement.

Ansari was referring to a 2010 incident in which Israel and the United States were accused of attacking Iran's nuclear facilities with a computer a virus, although neither government admitted to it.

The virus, which temporarily hobbled Iran's nuclear refining facilities, was believed to be the first program designed not just to steal information or hijack computers, but to damage equipment , according to Security Week.

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