Blackmail and Extortion

2 Iranian hackers charged in ransomware scheme that targeted Maryland's MedStar Health

2 Iranian hackers charged in ransomware scheme that targeted Maryland's MedStar Health

Two Iranian computer hackers were charged Wednesday in connection with a multimillion-dollar cybercrime and extortion scheme that targeted government agencies, cities and businesses — including Maryland’s MedStar Health system — the Justice Department said.

Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, 27, are accused of creating ransomware known as SamSam that encrypted data on the computers of more than 200 victims, including the cities of Atlanta and Newark, New Jersey.

Starting in January 2016, the hackers were able to exploit cyber weaknesses, gain access to the victims' computers and install the ransomware remotely, prosecutors said. The hackers would...

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