Langevin Statement on Indictment and Sanction of IRGC-Affiliated Hackers

Mar 23, 2018 Issues: Cybersecurity

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus and a senior member of the House Committees on Armed Services and Homeland Security, issued the following statement regarding the indictment and sanctioning of Iranian criminals engaged in intellectual property theft:

“Any actor, state, criminal or otherwise, must realize that malicious actions in cyberspace will have consequences. I congratulate the Justice Department, Treasury Department, and Cybersecurity Coordinator Rob Joyce for their coordinated efforts to hold these cyber mercenaries accountable. The Internet is not the “Wild West,” and when rogue institutions like the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps use illicit hacking campaigns to support their deeds, the United States will not sit idly by. It is vitally important that we back the emerging consensus regarding norms of state behavior with action, which is exactly what the government has done today. The world of these hackers has just gotten much smaller thanks to the justice that awaits them in an American courtroom.”