US Disrupts ‘Massive And Brazen’ Iranian Phishing Scheme, DOJ Says

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Friday morning the US Department of Justice announced that it had indicted Iran’s Mabna Institute and nine of the individuals who work for it. The charges include conspiracy to commit computer intrusions, wire fraud, unauthorized access of a computer, and aggravated identity theft.

The Mabna Institute allegedly works as a contractor for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. It has, Justice said in a Friday press conference, conducted a lengthy, years-long, and far-flung cyber espionage campaign against targets in some twenty-one countries, including the US. The campaign appears to have been directed toward the theft of technical information and intellectual property.

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