2 Iranians Charged Over Alleged 2020 Election Hacking Plot

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By Jack Queen (November 18, 2021, 6:16 PM EST) — Two suspected Iranian hackers sought to undermine last year’s presidential election by threatening voters, spreading lies about fraudulent ballots and seeking access to nearly a dozen state voting systems, according to an indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court Thursday.

Seyyed Kazemi, 24, and Sajjad Kashian, 27, tried to break into at least 11 state election websites and successfully accessed information on roughly 100,000 voters from one of them, prosecutors said. The pair also gained access to a media outlet’s network but were prevented from breaking in because the unnamed company alerted the FBI, according to the government.

In October, Kazemi and…

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