September 23, 2020

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Iranian Nationals Charged Over Alleged Cyber Campaign Targeting Computers in US, Europe, Middle East

The US Department of Justice issued a release on Wednesday confirming that the duo had been charged with computer hacking, fraud, and aggravated identity after allegedly targeting and hacking into computers in New Jersey and other parts of the US. A variety of information was lifted from the systems reportedly accessed. 

According to the release, fedeeral authorities believe Farhadi and Heidarian “stole hundreds of terabytes of data, which typically included confidential communications pertaining to national security, foreign policy intelligence, non-military nuclear information [and] aerospace data.” 

The list also included information on human rights activists, financial and “personally identifiable” data pertaining to victims and the intellectual property, such as “unpublished scientific research.”  

“In some instances, the defendants’ hacks were politically motivated or at the behest of Iran, including instances where they obtained information regarding dissidents, human rights activists, and opposition leaders. ” the release detailed, citing the Tuesday indictment.

However, there were also reported occasions in which Farhadi and Heidarian sold off the hacked information and data via the black market “for private financial gain.”  


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