U.S. authorities are charging two Iranian nationals in an alleged scheme to steal and resell software to Iran, including a program used to design weapons.
The federal indictment, unsealed Monday, claims Mohammed Reza Rezakhah and Mohammed Saeed Ajily participated in the criminal enterprise "Dongle Labs," which operated between 2007 and 2013. They are accused of hacking into developers to steal software, circumventing piracy protections (called "cracking") and selling the programs in violation of export restrictions against Iran.
A third member of Dongle Labs, Nima GoJestaneh, has already pleaded guilty to charges.
The stolen software included the Projectile Rocket Ordnance Design and Analysis System (PRODAS), a program from Vermont's Arrow Tech used to design projectiles.
According to the indictment, Rezakhah conducted hacking and cracking operations and Ajily marketed and sold the products.
The case is being prosecuted in a federal court in Vermont by an acting U.S. attorney and the deputy chief of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section of the Department of Justice's National Security Division.