Iran

Experts: Software theft shows threat of mercenary hackers

On an October morning in 2012, the system administrator of a tiny Vermont defense contractor arrived at work to find the business' computers had been hacked and a sophisticated software program stolen. Prosecutors later concluded the thieves were a group of Iranians who sold the software to organizations within the Iranian government.

The hack, revealed in an indictment unsealed last week, shows that mercenary hackers who sell stolen data to friendly governments are a growing threat to defense contractors, experts say.

"They are essentially nonsanctioned espionage groups," said Brian Wallace, the lead security data scientist for the Irvine, California-based company...

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