The Iranian regime presents a threat from many angles: Cyber. Foreign intelligence. Terrorism.
Threats from the Iranian regime and its terrorist partners can reach across the globe. The FBI is committed to identifying and disrupting all Iranian intelligence and military operations that threaten American citizens or our nation's security and critical infrastructure.
Working with our intelligence and law enforcement partners worldwide, the FBI has countered a diverse set of threats directed by the Iranian regime, including attempted terrorist attacks and kidnappings, espionage and foreign influence operations, cyber attacks, sanctions evasion, and illicit procurement of sensitive technology to support Iran’s military capability and nuclear program.
The Iranian regime has used repressive tactics in its wrongful detention of Americans in Iran on unsubstantiated criminal charges. The Iranian regime has also exported its repression through its harassment and lethal targeting of Iranian dissidents worldwide, including Americans living in the United States.
The FBI will continue to work diligently to thwart Iran’s violent agenda and use all available authorities to investigate criminal actions directed by the Iranian regime and its terrorist partners like Lebanese Hizballah, including any threats to current or former U.S. officials.
“In the summer of 2021, hackers sponsored by the Iranian government tried to conduct one of the most despicable cyberattacks I’ve seen...when they decided to go after Boston Children’s Hospital. ...Our folks got the hospital’s team the information they needed to stop the danger right away.”
Criminal charges announced against multiple alleged hackers in Iran show the breadth of the cyber threat emanating from that country and the FBI and partner agency efforts to neutralize it and hold the individuals accountable.
In June 2021, Mariam Thompson was sentenced to 23 years in prison for delivering classified national defense information to aid a foreign government.
Member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Charged with Plot to Murder the Former National Security Advisor
An Iranian national and member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was charged by complaint with use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder-for-hire and with providing and attempting to provide material support to a transnational murder plot.
The FBI continues to investigate the disappearance of Robert A. Levinson since he went missing on Kish Island, Iran, on March 9, 2007.
Man Sentenced to 25 Years for Conspiring with Iranian Officials to Assassinate a Diplomat in Washington, D.C.
In 2011, Manssor Arbabsiar and his Iran-based co-conspirators plotted the murder of the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the U.S. Arbabsiar admitted he was recruited, funded, and directed by men he understood to be senior officials in Iran’s Qods Force.
Industry alerts illustrate the threat Iran poses to our nation’s safety and security in a digitally connected world. Material is intended for industry professionals and subject matter experts.
- Context and Recommendations to Protect Against Malicious Activity by Iranian Cyber Group Emennet Pasargad
- Iranian Government-Sponsored Actors Conduct Cyber Operations Against Global Government and Commercial Networks
- Iranian Government-Sponsored APT Cyber Actors Exploiting Microsoft Exchange and Fortinet Vulnerabilities in Furtherance of Malicious Activities
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Four Iranian nationals were indicted in connection with allegedly conspiring to kidnap a Brooklyn journalist, author, and human rights activist for mobilizing public opinion in Iran and around the world to bring about changes to the regime’s laws and practices.
Chin Hua Huang, DES International Co., Ltd., and Soltech Industry Co., Ltd. were charged with participating in a criminal conspiracy to violate U.S. export laws and sanctions against Iran.
The United States has seized 27 domain names that Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) unlawfully used to further a global covert influence campaign. The action follows last month’s seizure of 92 IRGC domains.
Department of Justice and Partner Departments and Agencies Conduct Coordinated Actions to Disrupt and Deter Iranian Malicious Cyber Activities Targeting the United States and the Broader International Community
This week, the Department of Justice and partner agencies have engaged in a coordinated effort to disrupt and deter malicious cyber activities by actors associated with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, as well as other Iran-based individuals.
Three computer hackers were charged with engaging in a coordinated campaign of identity theft and hacking on behalf of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a designated foreign terrorist organization, to steal critical information related to U.S. aerospace and satellite technology and resources.
Conspiracy to Defraud the United States by Dishonest Means; Smuggling; Illegal Exports and Attempted Illegal Exports in Violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act…