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The Department of Justice (DoJ) has indicted two hackers – including one teenager – for allegedly vandalizing more than 50 websites hosted in the U.S. with pro-Iran messages. The indictment, unsealed on Tuesday, indicts Behzad Mohammadzadeh, a national of the Islamic Republic of Iran who is believed to be 19 years old, and Marwan Abusrour, a stateless national of the Palestinian Authority, who is believed to be 25 years old. Both were charged on one count of conspiring to commit intentional damage to a protected computer and one count of intentionally damaging a protected computer. The defendants are believed to be living in Iran and Palestine and are wanted by United States authorities. Click to register. “These hackers are accused of orchestrating a brazen cyber-assault that defaced scores of websites across the country as a way of protesting and retaliating against the United States for killing the leader of a foreign terrorist organization,” said Joseph Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston division, in a Tuesday statement. “Now, they are wanted by the FBI and are no longer free to travel outside Iran or Palestine without risk of arrest.” The website defacement came after conflict between the U.S. and Iran peaked earlier in 2020, when U.S. drones on Jan. 3 killed Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian general with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps who was highly esteemed in Iran. On the heels of Soleimani’s killing, Iranian leaders vowed retaliation. On the…

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