U.S. authorities charged two Iranian nationals on Monday with hacking into computer systems in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, and stealing hundreds of terabytes of data, sometimes at the behest of the Iranian regime. Hooman Heidarian, 30, and Mehdi Farhadi, 34—both of Hamedan, Iran—were charged with 10 counts over hacking and cybertheft. The two men stole a broad range of sensitive data, including “confidential communications pertaining to national security, foreign policy intelligence, non-military nuclear information, aerospace data, human rights activist information, victim financial information and personally identifiable information, and intellectual property, including unpublished scientific research,” according to a Sept. 16 press release from the Department of Justice. Heidarian and Farhadi carried out some of the hacks on behalf of the Iranian regime, including by targeting information on dissidents, human rights activists, and opposition leaders, according to the indictment. The pair conducted other hacks to steal data, which they would …
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