The US Division of Justice (DoJ) on Tuesday indicted two hackers for their alleged involvement in defacing various web sites in the place pursuing the assassination of Iranian main basic Qasem Soleimani before this January.
Behzad Mohammadzadeh (aka Mrb3hz4d), 19, and Marwan Abusrour (aka Mrwn007), 25, have been billed with conspiracy to dedicate intentional damage to a shielded laptop or computer for a prevalent “cyber-assault” that impacted around 1,400 sites with pro-Iranian and pro-Palestinian messages.
“The hackers victimized innocent third get-togethers in a campaign to retaliate for the army motion that killed Soleimani, a man driving numerous acts of terror from Us residents and many others that the Iranian regime opposed,” stated Assistant Lawyer Typical for Nationwide Stability John C. Demers in a assertion.
The defendants, from Iran and Palestine, respectively, are now desired by the US authorities and are no for a longer time no cost to travel outdoors their countries with no risking an arrest.
While Abusrour and Mohammadzadeh have been at the rear of a defacing spree independently on their individual above the previous couple of several years, they began to function together commencing previous December, in advance of stepping up their attacks on January 3, a day after the US forces killed Qassem Soleimani in a drone airstrike in close proximity to Baghdad Intercontinental Airport.
With help from Abusrour, who supplied Mohammadzadeh with obtain to compromised web-sites, the latter went on to hack into at minimum 51 web sites in the US by changing their information with photographs of the late typical towards a history of the Iranian flag together with the message “Down with The united states,” along with the concept “Suleimani was not a person/he was a perception/Beliefs never die.”
In addition, guests of the defaced internet websites had been directed to Mohammadzadeh’s Telegram and community Instagram account, which subsequently redirected consumers to Zone-H, a security portal that retains an archive of all world-wide-web intrusions, linking the exploits to his pseudonym “Mrb3hz4d.”
The indictment also highlighted a screenshot of the messages shared between the two men and women and posted on Abusrour’s Instagram account that discovered the list of 7 sites that were broken into, in addition to publishing the success of their function on social media and other on the internet accounts in get to publicize their defacements.
The two hackers have now been billed and threat sentences of up to 10 several years in jail and fines of up to $250,000, if uncovered responsible, according to the DoJ.
“Overseas hackers are a persistent business and nationwide security risk to the United States,” claimed US Legal professional Andrew E. Lelling. “Performing with our regulation enforcement associates around the world, we will aggressively go after, prosecute and apprehend these who use the web to attack American interests.”