WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The USA on Wednesday charged former U.S. Air Pressure intelligence officer Monica Witt with serving to Iran in a cyber-spying operation that focused her former colleagues.
As a part of its motion, the USA additionally charged 4 Iranian nationals who it mentioned had been concerned within the cyber assaults.
Washington additionally sanctioned two Iran-based companies – New Horizon Group and Web Peygard Samavat Firm – and several other people related to the 2 teams.
U.S. officers mentioned Witt provided categorized details about U.S. intelligence officers after defecting to Iran in 2013.
Witt was recruited for the operation after attending two worldwide conferences organized by New Horizon, which supported efforts by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Pressure to recruit and acquire intelligence from international attendees, they mentioned.
They mentioned Witt served as a counterintelligence officer within the Air Pressure from 1997 till 2008, and labored as contractor for 2 years after that.
Web Peygard focused present and former U.S. authorities and navy personnel with a malicious cyber marketing campaign, officers mentioned.
(Extra reporting by Makini Brice; Enhancing by Doina Chiacu and Steve Orlofsky)