Christopher Wray, FBI Director speaks at a press conference on ransomware cyberattacks against the Department of Justice in Washington DC on November 8, 2021.
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Two Iranian nationals were indicted by a federal grand jury in New York on allegations of cyber-based disinformation efforts that sought to influence and intimidate American voters in order to support Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
According to prosecutors, one email threatening to send to thousands of Democratic voters stated that “You will vote to Trump on Election Day”
Emails purportedly from Proud Boys were sent. This is a real racist group within the United States which supported Trump during his election.
They are charged with obtaining voter information confidentially from at least one election site in a state and gaining data on more that 100,000 voters.
According to the Justice Department, they are also accused of intimidating voters and disseminating videos that included disinformation about purported weaknesses in election infrastructure.
Prosecutors claimed that the two also had unauthorized access into the computer network of a U.S media company as part their efforts.
“If the FBI and victim companies fail to succeed in mitigation [that intrusion, it]The Department of Justice stated that this would have given conspirators another way to spread false claims following the election.”
Seyyed Mohammad Musa Kazemi (24 years old) and Sajjad Kashian (27) are facing five counts of conspiracy to commit fraud against the US, computer fraud and voter intimidation.
Two “experienced Iran hackers” were employed by a cybersecurity company, according to the Department of Justice.
At least in part, the indictment contradicts the 2020 claim made by William Evanina, a senior intelligence officer within Trump’s government, that Iran had opposed Trump’s reelection.
According to Matthew Olsen of the DOJ’s National Security Division press release, the indictment was filed in Manhattan federal court. It “details the way two Iranian-based actors conducted a targeted and coordinated campaign to undermine confidence the U.S. election system integrity”
Prosecutors claim that the two men sent emails to voters stating, “We have all of your data (email, address, phone number, etc.). everything).”
We know that you are registered as a Democrat because we have access to the whole voting infrastructure. We will either come after or you’ll vote for Trump in the election.
The email stated that you should change your party affiliation from Republican in order to notify us of our message. “We’ll know who you voted. If I was you, I’d take it seriously.
Just a few weeks before the 2020 election, John Ratcliffe, Trump’s final director of national intelligence, scheduled a news conference with little warning to declare that Iran was sending “spoofed emails designed to intimidate voters, incite social unrest and damage” Trump.
The news conference took place shortly before. The Washington Post reported that U.S. officials had warned authorities about Iranian efforts to send threatening emails to Democratic voters while posing as members of the far-right group the Proud Boys.
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