Satellite Hacker Saeed Pourkarim Arabi Accidentally Put Iranian Revolutionary Guard Ties on Resume, Feds Say
If you’re trying to work for a secret Iranian hacking unit, you should probably not put that on your resume. Saeed Pourkarim Arabi allegedly skipped that step and it helped land him in the crosshairs of the FBI.
Prosecutors charged Arabi on Thursday, along with two other Iranian men, Mohammad Reza Espargham and Moahmmad Bayati, with breaking into satellite companies on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), part of an FBI investigation first reported on by The Daily Beast.
The conspiracy was allegedly orchestrated by Arabi, who prosecutors described as “a member of the IRGC, living in IRGC housing, working in intelligence regarding IRGC air, space and cyber operations.”
In the summer of 2017, an anonymous tipster who ran a satellite tracking site and an unnamed satellite company both contacted the FBI about a suspicious spear-phishing email that tried to trick users into clicking on a malicious link.