Four Iranian nationals indicted in SamSam attacks

The Justice Department has indicted two Iranian men behind the SamSam ransomware attacks – that infected the cities of Atlanta, San Diego and Newark, N.J. – as well as two others who converted the ransom into Iranian riyals.

Faramarz Shahi Savandi and Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri, “extorted victims by leaving a ransom note in the form of a file on each computer encrypted by SamSam Ransomware,” read the indictment, unsealed Wednesday a U.S. District Court in New Jersey. “Each victim’s ransom note told the Victim that its files were encrypted, told the victim that it would have to pay Bitcoin to get the decryption keys.”

A SamSam attack crippled a number of systems and services in Atlanta in March and the Port of San Diego in September.

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