The U.S. Department of Justice announced today (Thursday) that two Iranian hackers have been charged with attempting to influence the voting of U.S. citizens in the 2020 presidential election. And misleading about the election.
The indictment was filed in federal court in Manhattan, and the Treasury Department announced that it had imposed sanctions against their co-workers and the company they worked for. The defendants are not in custody, and according to estimates in the US, they are still in Iran, but hope that an indictment will limit their ability to go beyond the country’s borders.
Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen, head of the National Security Division at the Department of Justice, said: “The two Iranian citizens ran a focused and coordinated campaign to erode trust in the U.S. election campaign, and sow discord among Americans.
The investigation came after intelligence officials in the country held a press conference on the eve of the election, in which they accused Iran of sending threatening emails to American citizens. Intelligence sources reported that the emails were intended to influence Democratic voters in the swing states, so that they could vote for Republican candidate Donald Trump.
It was also reported that the emails were written on behalf of far-right organizations in the United States, including threats of physical harm if they did not vote for Trump. The election results can be trusted.
As you may recall, this is not the first time that foreign countries are suspected of interfering in the US presidential election. , In Trump’s favor, in his campaign against then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.