US indicts two Iranians for election meddling

The US Justice Division has introduced indictments of two Iranians who allegedly took half in a web-based “disinformation and menace” marketing campaign to affect American voters within the 2020 presidential election.

Mohammad Hosein Musa Kazemi, 24, and Sajjad Kashian, 27, performed a cyber marketing campaign “to intimidate and affect American voters, and in any other case undermine voter confidence and sow discord,” the division stated Thursday.

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In parallel, the US Treasury introduced sanctions on the 2 males and three others who ran the cybersecurity firm they labored for, Emennet Pasargad.

The Treasury stated the corporate was previously often known as Web Peygard Samavat, which was hit with sanctions in 2019, and the Justice Division gave its former title as Eeleyanet Gostar.

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Iran hit again in an announcement, saying “such accusations addressed by the US authorities, who itself has an extended historical past of meddling in different international locations’ affairs in several shapes and varieties, are baseless”.

Such actions, international ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stated, intention to “deceive (American) public opinion.”

Kazemi and Kashian allegedly obtained confidential voter info and despatched menacing emails, pushing out false info to affect each Democratic and Republican voters, and trying to hack into state voting-related web sites, the division stated.

In a single case, they despatched out mass emails claiming to be from the far-right Proud Boys militia group that threatened individuals to alter political events.

In one other, they created and disseminated a video that purportedly confirmed an individual hacking state voter web sites and creating fraudulent ballots.

The indictment didn’t tie the 2 on to the Iranian authorities however famous that the corporate had accomplished work for the federal government.

In 2019 the Treasury stated Web Peygard Samavat labored with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

And in March 2021 US intelligence launched a report that stated the Iranian authorities was behind a multi-pronged affect marketing campaign aimed toward hurting former president Donald Trump’s reelection possibilities.

Kazemi and Kashian are charged in federal courtroom in New York with conspiracy to commit pc fraud and abuse for making an attempt to intimidate voters, voter intimidation, and transmission of interstate threats.

Kazemi was additionally charged with pc hacking and pc fraud.

The penalties for the varied fees run from one to 10 years in jail.

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