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Iranian accused of cyber attack at Atlanta

Two Iranian citizens have been accused of a series of cyber attacks in America, including the March attack in Atlantic's…

Two Iranian citizens have been accused of a series of cyber attacks in America, including the March attack in Atlantic’s computer system, according to an FBI message Wednesday morning.

The Atlanta crash attack caused countless issues with the city’s computer system and could cost $ 17 million to taxpayers, according to a report. Deputy US Justice Minister Rod Rosenstein said the allegation also accused the same defendant of a similar attack on Newark, NJ, and about 200 other victims, including hospitals and health authorities.

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The attack weakened many important urban departments, closed off Watershed Management’s online payment portal, wiped out the Atlanta Police Department’s dashcam video and the city’s municipal court system dropped into chaos.

The accused, Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, claimed to have collected about 6 million dollars from different victims. Officials refused to say if Atlanta paid a remedy.

The defendants, who may still be in Iran, are not in custody.

The FBI said the attacks were part of an increase in such activities from Iran, but officials did not claim that the government of the country was involved.

The defendants used so-called ransomware to turn off computer systems and then demanded payments to restore the system, according to the federal accusation filed in Newark.

“According to the accusation, the hackers infiltrated computer systems in 1

0 states and Canada, and then demanded payment,” said Rosenstein. “The criminal activity hurt government agencies, city governments, hospitals and innumerable innocent victims.”

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In June, Atlanta announced that it had recovered to a great extent from the March attack, but the Atlanta Police Department said it had lost “years” of dashcam video.

The six-page accusation accuses the accused of a 34-month-long hacking and extortion of malware called “SamSam Ransomware”. It could be forced to encrypt data on the victims’ computers and unlock the victims.

Men accused of seeking victims who would be most vulnerable and resist losing most by being attacked.

Among the more than 200 victims the FBI called were hospitals, municipalities and public institutions. In addition to Atlanta and Newark were other victims: San Diego Harbor, California; Colorado Department of Transportation; University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; and six health-related devices: the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California; Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita, Kansas; Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, more known as LabCorp, headquartered in Burlington, North Carolina; MedStar Health, headquartered in Columbia, Maryland; Nebraska Orthopedic Hospital now known as OrthoNebraska Hospital, in Omaha, Nebraska and Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc., headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

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