2 Iranians Face Federal Charges

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 @ 04:07 PM gHale


Two Iranian nationals are facing charges for stealing and reselling computer programs in violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran, said officials at the Department of Justice (DoJ).

The federal indictment accuses Mohammed Reza Rezakhah, 39, and Mohammed Saeed Ajily, 35, of hacking into software companies, stealing and re-branding materials, then selling it to the Iranian government, military and educational institutions.

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Arrest warrants ended up issued for the men and they are currently being sought.

The plan began around 2007, in which Rezakhah hacked and stole the software from American companies, while Ajily marketed and sold them, according to the indictment.

Ajily noted the sales were in violation of U.S. export controls and sanctions, the indictment said.

In 2012, officials said Rezakhah hacked Vermont-based engineering consulting company Arrow Tech Associates which has software that supports design for bullets, GPS-guided artillery shells and aerodynamic analysis, according to the DoJ.

The software is considered to be a “defense article” of the U.S., meaning it cannot be exported from the U.S. without a license from the U.S. Department of State, officials said.

A third accomplice, Nima Golestaneh, 30, already pleaded guilty to related charges. In 2013, Golestaneh was arrested in Turkey and extradited to the U.S. last year.

Golestaneh was one of the seven Iranian nationals the U.S pardoned or dropped charges against in a prisoner swap that released of four Americans held by Iran.



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