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.”
Analysis: the 7.2 million illegals Biden has let enter the U.S. is larger than the population of 36 states
For those who can’t comprehend the magnitude of what the Biden administration’s poor border policies have done, the nearly 7.3 million migrants who have illegally crossed the southwest border on Biden’s watch is a greater amount than the population of 36 individual states.
A Fox News analysis looked at data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which shows the total number of southwest land border encounters since Biden assumed office in 2021 is 7,298,486. The CBP already reported 961,537 border encounters in the current fiscal year, which runs from October through September.
Fox News reports:
If the current pace of illegal immigration does not slow down, fiscal year 2024 will break last year’s record of 2,475,669 southwest border encounters — a number that by itself exceeds the population of New Mexico, a border state.
That is larger than the population of 36 U.S. states, including Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The analysis found that compared to the largest U.S. states, the 7.3 million number is about 18.7% of California’s population of 39 million; 23.9% of the state of Texas and its 31 million residents; 32.3% of the population of Florida; and 37.3% of New York. It’s more than half the size of Pennsylvania, Illinois and Ohio.
Were the number of illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. under President Biden gathered together to found a city, it would be the second-largest city in America after New York. And the total does not include an estimated additional 1.8 million known “gotaways” who evaded law enforcement, which would make it bigger than New York.
This unprecedented surge in illegal immigration isn’t an accident. It is the result of deliberate policy choices by the Biden administration,” said Eric Ruark, Director of Research for Numbers USA, a nonprofit that advocates for immigration restrictions.
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