US senator: Dam cyberattack was ‘shot across the bow’ from Iran

A cyberattack on a small dam in the New York City suburbs was a “shot across the bow” of the United States and should be met with tougher sanctions against Iran, US Sen. Charles Schumer said Friday. In 2013, hackers accessed the control system at the Bowman Avenue Dam, a small flood-control structure. The intrusion prompted a federal

investigation. “Now it looks clear that the Iranians did it,” Schumer said. “What were they doing? They were sending a shot across our bow. They were saying that we can damage, seriously damage, our critical infrastructure and put the lives and property of people at risk.” Schumer confirmed that a federal indictment is expected in the case as soon as next month. It wasn’t clear whether the indictment from the US attorney’s office in Manhattan would charge specific people within the Iranian government or publicly name Iran as being behind the attack.



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