US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks during a press conference announcing efforts against computer hacking and extortion at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC on November 28, 2018. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN
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The U.S. Justice Department charged two Iranian hackers Wednesday with extorting at least $6 million from hospitals, city governments and public institutions in the U.S. and Canada by remotely locking down their computer systems.In addition to ransom payments, the Justice Department said, governments and businesses suffered losses of a total of $30 million in their operations.In parallel with the indictment of the two, the U.S. Treasury announced sanctions on two other Iranians, Ali Khorashadizadeh and Mohammad Ghorbaniyan, who allegedly aided the hackers by managing the ransom payments by the virtual currency bitcoin.
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