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US Charges Three in Iran With Hacking Hundreds of Companies, Computer Networks

  • Victims include utilities, NJ town, domestic violence shelter
  • Hackers locked computers, then asked, ‘Are you ready to pay?’
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The Justice Department filed charges against Iranian nationals accused of conducting hacking attacks against hundreds of companies and organizations internationally, accusing them of encrypting computers associated with critical infrastructure, including electric utilities.

The indictment charges Mansour Ahmadi, Ahmad Khatibi Aghda and Amir Hossein Nickaein Ravari with carrying out attacks since October 2020 that included a municipality in Union County, New Jersey, power companies in Mississippi and Indiana, an accounting firm based in Illinois and a domestic violence shelter in Pennsylvania. Ransomware attacks also allegedly occurred in other countries, including the UK, Israel, Russia and Iran.