The US Justice Department on Thursday accused two Iranian citizens of “their participation in a cyber-enabled campaign to intimidate and influence American voters, and otherwise undermine voter confidence and sow discord in relation to the 2020 US presidential election”. Indictment announced. a press release.
Between August and November of 2020, Sayyid Mohamed Hossein Musa Kazemi and Sajjad Kasian allegedly obtained voter information from at least one state election website and then used that information to make threats “to intimidate voters and interfere”. To send email.
He also allegedly tried to access other state election related websites.
The duo also allegedly produced and distributed a video that contained “misinformation about alleged electoral infrastructure vulnerabilities.”
Additionally, they reportedly “acquired unauthorized access to the computer network of a US media company,” which the Justice Department says could have been used by both to spread more propaganda about the election. According to Justice, these plans were hindered by the cybersecurity efforts of the FBI and the media unit.
Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, Matthew G. “This indictment describes how two Iran-based actors launched a targeted, coordinated campaign to erode confidence in the integrity of the US electoral system and sow discord between Americans,” Olsen said. ,
“The allegations reflect how foreign propaganda campaigns operate and try to influence the American public,” Olsen said in a statement. “The department is committed to uncovering and obstructing deadly foreign influence efforts by using all available means, including criminal charges.”
The charges against both include “computer fraud and conspiracy to abuse, intimidating voters and transmitting interstate threats.”
The two accused were among six people sanctioned Thursday by the US Treasury Department who were also allegedly involved in “attempts to influence the 2020 US presidential election”.
On Wednesday, the United States and Australia issued an advisory saying Iranian hackers were behind cyberattacks on targets in the health care and transportation sectors.