The US Department of Justice has indicted three Iranian hackers for allegedly threatening a women’s shelter and an energy supplier in the US.
The Justice Department in Washington announced Wednesday that the three men used ransomware. Such malware blocks or restricts data access until the victim pays a ransom.
Hundreds of people have been affected not only in the US but also in Britain, Australia, Russia and Iran. According to the information, Iranian hackers were behind several cyber attacks in the United States between October 2020 and August 2022.
Officials, a women’s shelter, Children’s Hospital in Boston, accounting firms and an electricity supplier have been affected. The victims were randomly selected by the hackers because their computer systems were not properly protected.
According to the Ministry of Justice, the hackers extorted most of the money for themselves, not the Iranian government. The U.S. Treasury Department, which is responsible for sanctions, said the three men were part of a hacking group linked to the powerful Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
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