November 28, 2021

Two Iranians Who Pretended to be Proud Boys Charged With Election Interference

The U.S. authorities has charged the 2 Iranian nationals accused of operating a 2020 presidential election interference marketing campaign that included hacking, disinformation, and threatening individuals to vote for Donald Trump.

24-year-old Seyyed Mohammad Hosein Musa Kazemi and 27-year-old Sajjad Kashian allegedly despatched intimidating emails to tens of hundreds of U.S. voters and threatened them to change their votes to Trump.

The emails have been made to appear to be they have been being despatched from the Proud Boys, but it surely was fully bogus. And to make issues even worse, the duo additionally despatched messages to Republican members of Congress and White Home advisers claiming that the Democratic Celebration had a plan to exploit “serious security vulnerabilities” to register non-existent voters or change mail-in ballots, the indictment reads.

The Iranians have been additionally working to hack into 11 state voter web sites, the Each day Beast reported. In a single case, they have been profitable and stole knowledge on 100,000 voters.

The hackers additionally compromised an unnamed U.S. media firm’s community after which tried to break within the day after Election Day, with hopes of utilizing the media firm to unfold disinformation on the election, the Division of Justice mentioned.

Fortunately, the FBI was in a position to cease them.

The U.S. authorities introduced final 12 months that the intimidation marketing campaign was traced again to Iran.

The 2 indicted Iranians apparently labored for the corporate, Eeleyanet Gostar (now referred to as Emennet Pasargad), which has performed enterprise with the Iranian authorities.

The Treasury Division sanctioned

the hackers and the corporate, in addition to 4 different firm workers.