Abdollah Karima

Abdollah Karima owned and operated a company that sold, through a website, access to stolen academic materials obtained through computer intrusions

Status:Top Alert – Entity designated / sanctioned for terror, WMD and human rights violation

Risk Level:99%

May harm your business future. Persons or entities that engage in transactions with this entity will be exposed to sanctions or subject to an enforcement action.

Working with this entity means supporting Iranian Regime, Regime Terrorist Activities & development of WMD

Abdollah Karima (Karima) was a businessman who owned and operated a company that sold, through a website, access to stolen academic materials obtained through computer intrusions;

Karima contracted with the Mabna Institute to direct hackingactivities;

Mabna affiliates regularly provided compromised university professor login credentials to Karim;

Abdollah Karima is wanted for his alleged involvement in criminal activities, including obtaining unauthorized access to computer systems, stealing proprietary data from those systems, and selling that stolen data to Iranian customers such as Iranian universities and the Iranian government;

Abdollah Karima was a leader a private government contractor based in the Islamic Republic of Iran that performed this work for the Iranian government, at the behest of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps;

Victims of the scheme included approximately 144 universities in the United States, 176 foreign universities in 21 countries, five federal and state government agencies in the United States, 36 private companies in the United States, 11 foreign private companies, and two international non-governmental organizations;

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Cyber criminal

21 March 1979


Reason for the color:
» U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Abdollah Karima under Executive Order (E.O.) 13694, “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities,” as amended. The entity designated today engaged in the theft of valuable intellectual property and data from hundreds of U.S. and third-country universities and a media company for private financial gain;
» On February 7, 2018, a grand jury sitting in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York indicted Abdollah Karima on computer intrusion, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft charges, and a federal arrest warrant has been issued for his arrest;
» FBI issued warrant on February 7, 2018 for his arrest;
» Iranian firm stole data In massive spear phishing campaign;
» Charleston uncover Iranian hacking scheme;
» Iran cyber threat is growing;
» Massive cyber-attack by Iran stole data from governments, companies and universities;