Conspiracy to Commit Intentional Damage to a Protected Computer; Intentional Damage to a Protected Computer


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September 18, 2020

Iran at Center of Cyber Crime Charges in Three Cases

Criminal charges announced against multiple alleged hackers in Iran show the breadth of the cyber threat emanating from that country and the FBI and partner agency efforts to neutralize it and hold the individuals accountable.




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Marwan Abusrour and Behzad Mohammadzadeh are wanted for their alleged involvement in criminal activities to include defacing public websites around the world with pro-Iranian and pro-hacker messages.  Abusrour was a self-described spammer, carder, and black hat hacker who allegedly defaced at least 337 web sites around the world with pro-Islamic, pro-Palestinian, and pro-hacker messages, which he began no later than on or about June 6, 2016, and continued through at least in or about July 2020.  On September 3, 2020, a grand jury in the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, indicted Abusrour and Mohammadzadeh, and federal arrest warrants were issued for them after they were charged with Conspiracy to Commit Intentional Damage to a Protected Computer and Intentional Damage to a Protected Computer.


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