OFAC SANCTIONS IRANIAN ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS SUPPORTING INTELLIGENCE AND CYBER TARGETING OF US PERSONS

On 13th February, the US Treasury announced that OFAC had designated an Iran-based entity that organises international conferences that supported the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force’s (IRGC-QF) efforts to recruit and collect intelligence from foreign attendees, including US persons, and 4 associated individuals.  It says that the New Horizon Organization hosts international conferences that serve as a platform for the IRGC-QF to recruit and collect intelligence from attendees.

It also designated a separate Iran-based entity and 6 associated individuals involved in the targeting of current and former US government and military personnel as part of what it called “a malicious cyber campaign” to gain access to and implant malware on their computer systems.  Iran-based Net Peygard Samavat Company aka Net Peygard Samavat (In Sec) Company and several associated actors were involved in a malicious cyber campaign to gain access to and implant malware on the computer systems of current and former US counterintelligence agents.

At the same time, the FBI released details regarding a law enforcement action it took against a number of the persons designated.

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm611

https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/OFAC-Enforcement/Pages/20190213.aspx

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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