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US charges two Iranians over campaign to influence 2020 election

The US Treasury Department also announced sanctions on the Iranians and an Iran-based company for their role in the alleged influence campaign.
Empty voting booths are seen in Flint, Michigan at the Berston Fieldhouse polling place on Nov. 3, 2020.

The United States sanctioned six Iranians and one Iranian cyber company on Thursday for attempting to sow discord ahead of the 2020 US presidential election, as the Department of Justice announced it had indicted two of the Iranians for their alleged involvement. 

Between August and November 2020, a group of state-sponsored Iranian cyber actors obtained or attempted to obtain voter information from 11 state election websites, according to a five-count indictment unsealed in a New York federal court. Prosecutors accused Seyyed Mohammad Hosein Musa Kazemi, 24, and Sajjad Kashian, 27, of participation in the cyber campaign, which included successfully hacking the computer system of an unidentified US state and downloading data on more than 100,000 of that state’s voters.  

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