Former US intelligence officer charged for spying for Iran

Former US intelligence officer charged for spying for Iran
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The United States has charged former Air Force intelligence officer Monica Witt with helping Iran in a cyber-spying operation that targeted her former colleagues.

As part of its action, the US also charged four Iranian nationals who it said were involved in the cyber-attacks.

Washington also sanctioned two Iran-based firms - New Horizon Organisation and Net Peygard Samavat Company - and several individuals associated with the two groups.

US officials said Witt supplied classified information about US intelligence officers after defecting to Iran in 2013.

Witt was recruited for the operation after attending two international conferences organised by New Horizon, which supported efforts by Iran's Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force to recruit and collect intelligence from foreign attendees, they said.

They said Witt served as a counterintelligence officer in the Air Force from 1997 until 2008, and worked as contractor for two years after that.

Net Peygard targeted current and former US government and military personnel with a malicious cyber campaign, officials said.