Conspiracy to Commit Computer Intrusions; Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud


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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.


Date(s) of Birth Used July 29, 1986
Place of Birth Iran
Hair Brown
Eyes Brown
Height Approximately 5’7”
Weight Approximately 175 pounds
Sex Male
Race White
Nationality Iranian
Languages Farsi


Mohammad Bayati, Said Pourkarim Arabi, and Mohammad Reza Espargham are wanted for their alleged involvement in criminal activities including computer intrusions, identity theft, and wire fraud. These Iranian hackers allegedly conspired to commit computer intrusions targeting American companies in the aerospace and satellite industries. They allegedly engaged in a coordinated campaign of social engineering that resulted in the theft of United States citizens’ identities, which they then used to steal critical information related to American aerospace and satellite technology and resources, including sensitive commercial information, intellectual property, and personal data. The men allegedly conducted this activity at the direction of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).  On September 15, 2020, a federal grand jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria, Virginia, indicted Bayati on charges of Conspiracy to Commit Computer Intrusions and Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, and a federal arrest warrant was issued.


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