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Iranian Hackers Pose as Conservatives, Send Dems Menacing Emails to Depict GOPers as Hateful Thugs

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Two Iranian citizens were indicted Thursday for an effort to sway voters in the United States prior to the 2020 presidential election.

The two suspects are accused of downloading confidential data from 100,000 voters in September and October of 2020, according to the New York Post.

The indictment said voters were then sent threatening emails purporting to come from the right-wing group the Proud Boys.

Although officials did not name the state they said was involved, at the time the emails were first disclosed, officials said that voters in Florida and Alaska received the emails, according to The Washington Post.

Many of the emails reportedly targeted Democrats.

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“You are currently registered as a Democrat and we know this because we have gained access into the entire voting infrastructure,” the emails said.

“You will vote for [Donald] Trump on Election Day or we will come after you. Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will comply.”

The hackers played against both sides, the indictment said. The hackers contacted members of the Trump campaign, the media and Republican lawmakers with claims that Democrats were going to alter mail-in ballots and register phantom voters, according to the indictment.

A video that claimed to show a member of the Proud Boys hacking into state voter websites was sent around along with those messages, the indictment said.

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The hackers gained access to a media company’s computer network, according to the indictment, but were unable to succeed in their efforts to use it to spread false information.

Seyyed Mohammad Hosein Musa Kazemi, 24, and Sajjad Kashian, 27, worked for a cybersecurity company called Emennet Pasargad, which worked with the Iranian government. Federal officials have posted a $10 million reward for information that would help the federal government corner the alleged hackers.

After the indictment was announced, the Treasury Department announced sanctions against six people connected with the company for which the hackers allegedly worked.

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The sanctions announcement said the hackers were “state-sponsored,” according to The Washington Post.

“State-sponsored actors, including Iranian groups, have engaged in covert and deceptive activities to disseminate disinformation through websites and social media designed to undermine Americans’ faith in U.S. elections,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

He said the government’s response shows “that we will hold state-sponsored actors to account for attempting to undermine public confidence in the electoral process and U.S. institutions.”

Matthew G. Olsen, head of the Justice Department’s national security division, said the Iranians are waging “a targeted, coordinated campaign to erode confidence in the integrity of the U.S. electoral system and to sow discord among Americans.”

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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