10:53, March 23 251 0 abajournal.com

2018-03-23 10:53:05
Nine Iranians indicted for hacking computers of universities, law firms and other targets

The indictments were announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman of the Southern District of New York and other officials. The hacked law firms were not named. Rosenstein’s remarks are here and a press release is here.

Also hacked were the U.S. Labor Department, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the United Nations and the states of Hawaii and Indiana, officials said.

The hackers were working for the Mabna Institute, a group founded to help Iranian universities access scientific research, Rosenstein said. The group gave the information to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, one of several Iranian entities that gather intelligence, which used the information or sold it, according to Rosenstein.

The defendants face several charges, including wire fraud, computer fraud, conspiracy and identity theft.

The hackers are accused of obtaining information from about 320 universities in 22 countries, including 144 American universities. The defendants stole research that cost the universities about $3.4 billion to procure and maintain, Rosenstein said.

The hackers accessed university information by getting college professors to click on links.