The move is part of an effort by US officials to crack down on hacking gangs allegedly linked to the Iranian government.
The sanctions freeze all assets under US jurisdiction by the ministry and Mr. Khatib and prevent US companies and individuals from doing business with them.
Efforts to reach out to MoIS and Mr. Khatib were not successful.
Friday’s sanctions are the latest effort by US officials to crack down on hacking gangs allegedly linked to the Iranian government. Earlier this year, the Treasury identified a group called Muddywater that was sponsored by the Iranian intelligence agency and exploited publicly reported system vulnerabilities to gain access to sensitive information and deploy ransomware. Known for. The Treasury said Muddywater was involved in a cyber campaign targeting the Turkish government last year.
The sanctions come as the US seeks to revive the Iran nuclear deal that lifted harsh sanctions on Tehran in exchange for tight but temporary limits on its nuclear program. The US abandoned the agreement in 2018. Negotiations to restart the deal faltered recently over last-minute demands for Tehran’s US guarantees.
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