Three Iranian citizens charged in US with hacking for profit

Power companies, local governments and small businesses – even a shelter for victims of domestic violence – are among hundreds of victims hacked by three Iranians, the Justice Ministry said on Wednesday. The case was filed in federal court in New Jersey, where a local government system was hacked last year. A Justice Department official told The Associated Press that the individuals are believed to be in Iran hacking for personal financial gain. The US charges will make it difficult for them to leave their country, the official said.

How does it feel to be hacked? The Justice Department said hackers encrypted and stole data from victims’ computer networks, while threatening to release it unless ransoms were paid – and some of their targets paid. A domestic violence shelter in Pennsylvania paid $13,000 to recover its hacked data, according to a court document.

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