US charges former Air Force officer for spying for Iran

Published: February 13, 2019
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A 2012 photo released by the Department of Justice shows Monica Elfriede Witt. On Feb. 13, 2019, the DOJ announced an indictment against Witt, who defected to Iran in 2013 and is currently at-large. PHOTO COURTESY: US DEPT OF JUSTICE

A 2012 photo released by the Department of Justice shows Monica Elfriede Witt. On Feb. 13, 2019, the DOJ announced an indictment against Witt, who defected to Iran in 2013 and is currently at-large. PHOTO COURTESY: US DEPT OF JUSTICE

WASHINGTON DC: The United States on Wednesday indicted a former US Air Force officer Monica Witt for aiding Iran in what Washington characterized as a cyber-spying operation targeting US intelligence officers.

As part of its action, the United States sanctioned two Iran-based firms – New Horizon Organization and Net Peygard Samavat Company – and several individuals associated with the two groups.

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The US Treasury said Net Peygard targeted current and former US government and military personnel with a malicious cyber campaign, and it said New Horizon had organized international conferences supporting efforts by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force to recruit and collect intelligence from foreign attendees.

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