The two men face federal charges for infecting Atlantas's computers with their SamSam ransomware. The suspects have previously been charged…
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A federal jury in Atlanta on Wednesday was last charged with accusing two Iranian citizens of charges for creating and distributing “SamSam” ransomware that attacked key urban computer systems earlier this year in an effort to squeeze tens of thousands of dollars from the local government.
The charges filed in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Georgia remove Faramarz Savandi and Mohammed Mansouri with deliberate damage to Atlantic’s protected computers. The cyber attack is a violation of the computer fraud and drug abuse law and threatened public health and safety, the US law firm said in a statement.
“In March 2018, a devastating ransomware attack broke off the governments of the Atlanta government and disturbed our society,” said US lawyer Byung J. ” BJay “Pak in a statement.
SamSam malware has weakened several city services online for more than a week. After being infected, municipal court computers could not pull down. The residents were blocked from paying bills online and police had to return to write reports and book inmates by hand.
Pak office claimed that it was Savandi and Mansouri which contained 3 789 of the city’s computer drivers and demanded a six-bit search fee – valued at approximately $ 51,000 over time – in exchange for delivering one encryption key that would restore access to data.
Finally, the attack caused the city to “suffer from huge costs” and imposed “million dollars in losses,” said Pak office. However, the expenses did not include the requested payment. The city did not pay the redemption scheme. “
Wednesday’s charges against Savandi and Mansouri – both believed that they live in Iran – follow a federal large jury crash in New Jersey, rejected last week. In that case, the couple was charged with six bills of computer hacking and fraud by US Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein.
“The Iranian defendants allegedly used hacking and malware to cause more than $ 30 million in losses to more than 200 victims,” said Rosenstein last week. “According to the accusation, the hackers infiltrated computer systems in 10 states and Canada, and then demanded payment. The criminal activity hurt government agencies, city governments, hospitals and innumerable innocent victims.”
In court documents, the Justice Department claims that Savandi and Mansouri have collected more than $ 6 million in payment payments since they first launched SamSam in December 2015.
Officials said that the two reported malware updates twice in 2017.
Their first alleged goal was an activity in Mercer County, NJ, but the duo quickly moved to the vulnerability of the software within major public entities, including the cities of Atlanta and Newark, NJ, the port of San Diego, the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles Angeles and University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, among many others. “/>