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US indicts 7 hackers in effort to send a message to Iran

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, accompanied by FBI Director James Comey, speaks during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Thursday, March 24, 2016. Seven hackers tied to the Iranian government were charged Thursday in a series of punishing cyberattacks on a small dam outside New York City and on dozens of banks _ intrusions that reached into American infrastructure and disrupted the financial system, U.S. law enforcement officials said. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — The seven Iranian hackers charged with attacking dozens of banks and a small dam near New York City may never see the inside of a courtroom, but U.S. officials hope their “name and shame” tactic sends a message to foreign governments that support such attacks.

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