“According to the indictment, the hackers infiltrated computer systems in 10 states and Canada and then demanded payment,” Rosenstein said. “The criminal activity harmed state agencies, city governments, hospitals, and countless innocent victims.”
In June the city announced it had largely recovered from the March attack, but the Atlanta Police Department said it had lost "years" of dashcam video.
The six-count indictment accuses the defendants of a 34-month-long hacking and extortion scheme using malware they called “SamSam Ransomware.” It was capable of forcibly encrypting data on the computers of victims, locking out the victims. The men are accused of seeking out victims who would be most vulnerable and stand to lose the most by being attacked.
The defendants, who may still be in Iran, are fugitives.
The FBI said the attacks were part of an increase of such activity from Iran, but officials made no allegation that the government of the country was involved.
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