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Iranian Hackers Stole US Voter Data, Pretended To Be Proud Boys To Disrupt 2020 Election

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Two members of an Iranian hacking group allegedly accessed confidential US voting information in an attempt to disrupt the 2020 presidential election, federal prosecutors announced on Thursday.

The two suspects, Seyyed Mohammad Hosein Musa Kazemi and Sajjad Kashian worked for the cybersecurity company Emennet Pasargad that has worked with the Iranian government, according to the prosecutors.

“The two suspects, who were indicted by a grand jury in Manhattan federal court, downloaded confidential voter data from 100,000 voters in an unnamed state in September and October 2020, prosecutors said,” the New York Post reported. “They then used the data in an attempt to intimidate voters by sending out threatening emails while posing as members of the far-right group the Proud Boys, according to the indictment.”

“You are currently registered as a Democrat and we know this because we have gained access into the entire voting infrastructure,” the email stated. “You will vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you. Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will comply.”

The prosecutors additionally alleged that the hackers sent messages to members of the Trump campaign, Republican lawmakers, and members of the media saying that Democrats were altering mail-in ballots and registering fake voters.

“The hackers also gained access to an unidentified media company’s computer network, and sought to use it to further spread disinformation about the 2020 presidential election,” the New York Post added. “The hackers’ attempt to use the media outlet’s network was thwarted by the FBI and the company itself, prosecutors said.”

The two men were charged with computer fraud, conspiracy, voter intimidation, and transmission of interstate threats.

Kashian faces up to 11 years in prison for his charges. Kazemi faces additional charges, including computer intrusion and damaging a protected computer, and is facing up to 26 years in prison.

“The United States will never tolerate any foreign actors’ attempts to undermine our free and democratic elections,” Damian Williams, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement. “As a result of the charges unsealed today, and the concurrent efforts of our U.S. government partners, Kazemi and Kashian will forever look over their shoulders as we strive to bring them to justice.”

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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”

The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.

Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”

 

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