Latest U.S. Indictments Target Iranian Espionage Actors

The U.S. government has indicted three Iranian nationals on charges related to cyber attacks against aerospace and satellite technology companies. Said Pourkarim Arabi, Mohammad Reza Espargham, and Mohammad Bayati are alleged to have carried out a string of attacks between 2015 and 2019 which resulted in the theft of sensitive commercial information, intellectual property, and personal data from targeted organizations.

According to the indictment, Arabi is a member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and carried out the attacks with Espargham and Bayati on behalf of the IRGC. Espargham is alleged to be the leader of an Iranian hacking group known as the Iranian Dark Coders Team, while Bayati is alleged to be a malware developer who shared tools with Arabi and Espargham.

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Source: Symantec