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    Iranians Charged for Stealing, Selling US Defense Software to Iran

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    Two Iranian nationals have been charged for hacking a company in the US state of Vermont to steal defense software and sell it to clients in Iran, the US Department of Justice said in a statement on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Sales of such software to Iran violate US export controls and sanctions.

    "An indictment was unsealed today charging Mohammed Reza Rezakhah, 39 and Mohammed Saeed Ajily, 35, both Iranian nationals, with a criminal conspiracy relating to computer fraud and abuse, unauthorized access to and theft of information from, computers, wire fraud, exporting a defense article without a license, and violating sanctions against Iran," the statement said.

    According to the indictment, Rezakhah and Ajily conspired together to hack into computers to obtain software, which they would then sell and redistribute in Iran and other countries outside the United States.

    As part of the conspiracy, Rezakh hacked Arrow Tech, a Vermont-based engineering consulting and software design company, and stole pieces of its PRODAS (Projectile Rocket Ordnance Design and Analysis System) software, according to the indictment.

    PRODAS is a ballistics software that assists engineers in designing projectiles ranging from bullets to GPS guided artillery shells.

    Ajily, a businessman, marketed and promoted the stolen PRODAS software as one of the products he could offer to his Iranian clients, according to the indictment.

    PRODAS software cannot be exported from the United States without a license from the US State Department.


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