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🇺🇸 #US 2 Iranians charged with hacking into Vermont software companies

The Department of Justice announced indictments against two Iranians for hacking a software company in Vermont.

On Monday, Mohammed Reza Rezakhah and Mohammed Saeed Ajily were charged with five counts, including conspiracy computer fraud and abuse; unauthorized access to, and theft of information from, computers; wire fraud; exporting a defense article without a license; and violating sanctions against Iran, according to a statement.

The alleged criminal activity began in 2007 when Rezakhah, along with another Iranian, hacked into vulnerable computers in order to steal software information that they would sell outside of the U.S., the statement read.

According to Justice, Ajily funded the operations, tasking Rezakhah and others with retrieving the information. The government alleges Ajily would then market the materials to interested parties in Iran, despite the sales being “in contravention of U.S. export controls and sanctions.”

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