Iranians Charged in Cyberattacks Against U.S. 2020 Election

The State Department has offered a $10M reward for tips on the two Iran-based threat actors accused of voter intimidation and disinformation.

The U.S. Department of Justice has unsealed charges against two Iranian nationals for cyberattacks against the U.S. 2020 presidential campaign, and there’s a $10 million reward offered for information on their activities.

The two men, Seyyed Mohammad Hosein Musa Kazemi and Sajjad Kashian, allegedly stole voter information and engaged in intimidation and disinformation aimed at undermining confidence in the election, according to a newly unsealed indictment.

The Department of Justice identified the two as contractors for Iran-based cybersecurity company Emennet Pasargad, formerly Eleyanet Gostar, reportedly a known vendor for the Iranian government.

Kazemi and Kashian allegedly breached at least one state election website and attempted to access 110 others, sent threatening emails to voters, distributed a disinformation video about election infrastructure vulnerabilities, and gained access to a U.S. media company’s network, according to law enforcement.

“As alleged, Kazemi and Kashian were part of a coordinated conspiracy in which Iranian hackers sought to undermine faith and confidence in the U.S. presidential election,” U.S. Attorney Damian Williams for the Southern District of New York said in

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