Thursday, November 18, 2021

DOJ Unveils New Election Hacking Charges

The Department of Justice (DOJ) unveiled Sweeping Indictments against Two Iranian Nationals, Thursday, accusing them of being behind a Campaign to Interfere in the 2020 US Presidential Election.

The State and Treasury Departments, also took Steps to Crack Down on the Two Individuals, who remain At-Large.

Meanwhile, a Bipartisan Coalition of State Attorneys General, announced an Investigation into Instagram’s potential Negative Impact on Children and Teens, and a New Survey found that many Voters, are in favor of Federal Regulation for Social Media Companies.

The DOJ Alleging they used Wide-Ranging Cyber and Disinformation Efforts, in an attempt to sow Doubt in the Election Process.

Between August and November of 2020, Iranian Nationals, Seyyed Mohammad Hosein Musa Kazemi and Sajjad Kashian, are alleged to have Targeted the Election Websites of 11 States, successfully obtaining Information on more than 100,000 US Voters by compromising One State’s Voter Information Website.

They then allegedly posed as Members of the “Proud Boy” Organization, to send Emails to Thousands of Registered Democratic Voters, including some of those whose Information was Stolen, threatening them unless they Voted for Trump.

The Two Individuals also sent Facebook Messages and Emails, posing as Proud Boys, to White House Officials, Republican Members of Congress, and News Organization,s claiming that the Democratic Party was attempting to Exploit Election Infrastructure Vulnerabilities and Change Votes, the DOJ said.

The Individuals are Accused of having attempted to Leverage Vulnerabilities, in a U.S. Media Organization's Network, to Spread Disinformation the day after the 2020 US Presidential Election.

The Unnamed Media Group provided a Content Management System to Dozens of Newspapers and other Publications.

The FBI tipped off the Company ahead of time, Enabling the Vulnerabilities to be Fixed, and the Effort was Unsuccessful.

Other Agencies involved:

In addition to the Indictments, the State Department is offering a $10 Million Reward for Information on Kazemi and Kashian’s Activities.

The Treasury Department Sanctioned the Two Men, along with the Iranian Cybersecurity Company, they Worked as Contractors for, and Four Iranian Leaders of the Company.

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