Monday, October 11, 2021

UAE hackers forced major DNC and Clinton campaign hacks, US prosecutors say

U.S. prosecutors on Monday announced guilty pleas of three people for their roles in a series of computer hacking conspiracies in which they were employed by the United Arab Emirates.

Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced the three guilty pleas on Monday and said that the government will continue to pursue the Dubai-based servers involved in the attacks, which Bharara said were “supported by the highest levels of government.”

Authorities say hackers led by two co-conspirators from the Middle East hacked into more than a dozen online services, including the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign headquarters. Prosecutors on Monday called the 2015 hacking of the DNC embarrassing but do not believe that any financial information was stolen.

The three people charged in the case have been identified as:

• Scott Hsiao, 35, of California, a former software engineer at Apple, who pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiring to commit wire fraud and could face up to 20 years in prison.

• Mulgan Almasmari, 37, of California, a former Arabic professor at Saint Mary’s College of California, who pleaded guilty to the same charge and could face up to 20 years in prison.

• Mohsen Aljadaili, 38, of California, a program director at Alisgabat Associates, an information technology company based in Dubai, who pleaded guilty to the same charge and faces up to 10 years in prison.

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