US Charges 9 Iranians in Massive Academic Research Theft


The DoJ has charged nine Iranian nationals for engaging in a massive phishing campaign on behalf of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. The allegations include the theft of $3.4 billion in research and intellectual property from 320 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad, as well as from 47 foreign and domestic companies, plus several federal agencies, state governments, and the United Nations. All of the defendants were affiliated with the Mabna Institute, an Iranian firm that stole 31.5 terabytes of email account data in 2013.

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