The Emennet Pasargad computer company, which works with the Tehran regime, distributed "misinformation on social media and fraudulent videos."
The United States Government imposed sanctions this Thursday on six citizens and an Iranian company for an attempt to "interfere" in the 2020 presidential elections through a computer operation with which they sought to "undermine confidence" in the US electoral system, and they threatened voters.
The operation was coordinated by the Iranian computer company Emennet Pasargad, which regularly works with the Tehran regime, through which it distributed "disinformation on social networks and sent threatening emails, as well as fraudulent videos," said the United States Department of the Treasury in a statement.
"Today's action underscores the US government's commitment to holding state-backed actors accountable who seek to undermine public confidence in the US electoral process and institutions," Treasury Undersecretary Wally Adeyemo said in the note.
According to Washington, the alleged interference operation took place between August and November 2020.
Among the six named is its main administrator, Mohammad Bagher Shirinkar , on whom sanctions were also issued in February 2019, when Washington accused the company he runs of "assisting" and "providing" financial, material, or technological support to the Guard. Iranian revolutionary.
The other five Iranian citizens are Emennet employees, Seyyed Mohammad Hosein Musa Kazemi and Sajjad Kashian, and three Board of Directors, Mostafa Sarmadi, Seyyed Mehdi Hashemi Toghroljerdi, and Hosein Akbari Nodeh.
The sanctioned individuals obtained voter information from state election pages in the United States, with which they " prepared and disseminated disinformation about the elections and their security, " the Treasury said.
Finally, this operation was dismantled by the Official Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
As a result of the decision of the US Department of the Treasury, the assets that the penalized individuals and companies may have under the jurisdiction of the country are blocked. Direct financial transactions or with entities they own are prohibited.
In parallel, the US Justice Department announced the indictment against two of those indicated by the Treasury, Seyyed Kazemi, 24, and Sajjad Kashian, 27, on various charges, including intimidation of voters and computer fraud.
Kazemi and Kashian allegedly entered the electoral registration websites of 11 US states. With that data, they sent emails in which they threatened physical attacks on voters, many Democrats, if they did not change parties and vote at the time: Republican hopeful and president Donald Trump.
The defendants participated " in a directed and coordinated campaign to undermine confidence in the American electoral system and sow discord " among the population, Matthew Olsen, deputy attorney general in charge of national security, said in a statement.
Both Iranian hackers reportedly obtained confidential information on approximately 100,000 voters in a US state.
Posing as members of the far-right group Proud Boys, they reportedly posted on Facebook and in emails to Republican officials and the media false messages accompanied by a video about an alleged electoral fraud.
The day after the elections, they allegedly tried to tamper with the computer system of an unidentified US media outlet to continue their disinformation campaign.
Mohammad Hossein Moussa Kazemi faces 26 years in prison and Sajjad Kashian 11 years.
In March, a report from the National Intelligence Directorate claimed that Iran had mounted a covert campaign to weaken the reelection chances of President Donald Trump. He was ultimately defeated by his Democratic opponent Joe Biden.
Introduced as " seasoned hackers," Mohammad Hossein Moussa Kazemi and Sajjad Kashian worked for the Iranian cybersecurity company Eeleyanet Gostar, later renamed Emennet Pasargad.
According to the US authorities, they have worked for various government agencies in their country, including the Council of Guardians of the Constitution.