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Countering State-Sponsored Cybercrime

Countering State-Sponsored Cybercrime

Countering State-Sponsored Cybercrime

The Office has moved aggressively to investigate and prosecute cybercrime cases, with an emphasis on combatting state-sponsored hacking campaigns.     

  • Charges Against Nine Iranian-Government Sponsored Hackers:  In March 2018, the Office unsealed charges against nine Iranians associated with the Mabna Institute, which conducted a massive computer hacking campaign on behalf of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.  As alleged, the Mabna Institute is responsible for stealing academic research, intellectual property, and other confidential business information from 144 U.S.-based universities, 176 universities in 21 foreign countries, 47 domestic and foreign private sector companies, and several U.S. Government agencies, among other victims. The Mabna case was the product of multiple federal and international agencies dedicated work to take down this state-sponsored hacking group.  Criminal charges were announced in coordination with sanctions imposed by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control, which designated the Mabna Institute and its hackers for sanctions for conducting malicious cyber activities.
     
  • Charges Against Two Chinese-Government Sponsored Hackers:  In December 2018, the Office charged two Chinese nationals affiliated with the Chinese-sponsored hacking group “APT10” with conducting extensive hacking campaigns on behalf of the Chinese government to steal intellectual property and confidential business information from more than 45 technology and defense companies. APT10, known as an “Advanced Persistence Threat” group, compromised data held by managed service providers, firms that other companies trust to store, process, and protect commercial data, including intellectual property and other confidential business information.

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