US CHARGES 2 IRA­NI­ANS OVER HACK­ING DE­FENCE MA­TE­RI­ALS

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

Wash­ing­ton, US - Two Ira­ni­ans were in­dicted on Mon­day in the United States with hack­ing a de­fence con­trac­tor and steal­ing sen­si­tive soft­ware used to de­sign bul­lets and war­heads, ac­cord­ing to the Jus­tice Depart­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the newly un­sealed in­dict­ment busi­ness­man Mo­hammed Saeed Ajily (35) re­cruited Mo­hammed Reza Reza­khah (39) to break into com­pa­nies’ com­put­ers to steal their soft­ware for re­sale to Ira­nian uni­ver­si­ties, the mil- itary and the gov­ern­ment.

The two men - and a third who was ar­rested in 2013 and handed back to Iran in a pris­oner swap last year - al­legedly broke into the com­put­ers of Vermont-based Ar­row Tech As­so­ciates.

The in­dict­ment said they stole in 2012 the com­pany’s Pro­das bal­lis­tics soft­ware, which is used to de­sign and test bul­lets, war­heads and other mil­i­tary ord­nance pro­jec­tiles.

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