Ira­nian hack­ers ac­cused of at­tacks across US

Belleville News-Democrat - - Nation & World - BY TIM JOHN­SON tjohn­[email protected]­clatchydc.com

Two Ira­nian hack­ers charged Wed­nes­day in a fed­eral in­dict­ment were ac­cused of at­tack­ing the com­puter net­works of hos­pi­tals and other tar­gets in 43 states, a broad crim­i­nal ex­tor­tion cam­paign that wal­loped a heart hos­pi­tal in Kansas and dis­rupted one of the na­tion’s largest di­ag­nos­tic blood test­ing com­pa­nies in North Carolina.

Fed­eral prose­cu­tors said the three-year cy­ber­crime spree caused tens of mil­lions of dol­lars in dam­age. It marked the first U.S. in­dict­ment against for­eign hack­ers en­gaged in a for­profit ran­somware and ex­tor­tion scheme.

The two hack­ers de­vel­oped unique tools to hold U.S. com­puter net­works hostage from Iran, prose­cu­tors said. The two Ira­ni­ans, Fara­marz Shahi Sa­vandi, 34, and Mo­ham­mad Me­hdi Shah Man­souri, 27, re­main at large, of­fi­cials said.

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