Three Iranians are accused of hacking and extorting Americans.

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Three Iranian nationals were indicted Wednesday for hacking and extorting hundreds of U.S. and international organizations.

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The indictment alleges that the Iranian nationals hacked the organizations for the purpose of gaining personal financial benefit.

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Federal prosecutors in New Jersey accused a Pennsylvania domestic abuse shelter, a Mississippi electrical company, and a New Jersey municipal government.

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The indictment does not indicate that Iranians were responsible for the hacking outlined on behalf of the Iranian government.

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Treasury Department sanctioned three Iranian nationals on Wednesday, saying they worked for IT businesses with IRGC ties (IRGC).

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A Justice Department official said Wednesday that Iranian hackers sought $300,000 to release captive computers.

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Iran's Permanent Mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the allegations made by the Justice Department.

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