The Department of Justice announced indictments against two Iranians for hacking a software company in Vermont.
On Monday, Mohammed Reza Rezakhah and Mohammed Saeed Ajily were charged with five counts, including conspiracy 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, according to a statement.
The alleged criminal activity began in 2007 when Rezakhah, along with another Iranian, hacked into vulnerable computers in order to steal software information that they would sell outside of the U.S., the statement read.
According to Justice, Ajily funded the operations, tasking Rezakhah and others with retrieving the information. The government alleges Ajily would then market the materials to interested parties in Iran, despite the sales being "in contravention of U.S. export controls and sanctions."
In 2012, the operation focused on hacking a company that worked on aerodynamics, specifically relating to projectile technology, prosecutors said. Such information cannot be removed from the U.S. without approval from the State Department.
Leading the prosecution are Acting U.S. Attorney of the District of Vermont, Eugenia A.P. Cowles and Deputy Chief of the National Security Division's Counterintelligence and Export Control Section Sean Newell.