U.S. Sanctions Iranian Nationals, Company For Alleged Vote Meddling

U.S. Sanctions Iranian Nationals, Company For Alleged Vote Meddling

Andrew H. Sweet

In a statement on Thursday, the U.S. Treasury Department said "state-sponsored Iranian cyber actors" between August and November 2020 "executed an online operation to intimidate and influence American voters, and to undermine voter confidence and sow discord."

The department accused the sanctioned individuals and company of disseminating disinformation on social media and sending threatening emails and a fraudulent video that sought to "undermine faith in the election by implying that individuals could cast fraudulent ballots."

The move comes a day after American, British, and Australian officials warned that hackers linked to the Iranian government have targeted a "broad range of victims" inside the U.S., including by deploying ransomware.

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