Two Israeli cybersecurity firms said Thursday that they thwarted a large-scale, Iranian-linked hacker operation in September called Operation Quicksand, which targeted “prominent Israeli organizations.”
An Iranian state-backed APT group known for targeting universities for research materials has been detected in a new campaign coinciding with the start of the new academic year.
Twitter said it has closed an Iran-based network of accounts fanning the flames around racial justice protests in the US sparked by the death of George Floyd.
Microsoft said on Monday that Iranian state-sponsored hackers are currently exploiting the Zerologon vulnerability in real-world hacking campaigns.
The accounts were trying to disrupt the public conversation regarding the debates, Twitter says, based on information provided by the FBI.
Iranian cyber terrorism represents a threat to world security, as Tehran uses its cyber tools for espionage and sabotage in various countries and has developed its offensive capabilities in this field, in violation of international standards and threatening to international stability.
Conventional wisdom has it that authoritarian states use propaganda to pave the path for suppressing dissidents and executing extreme measures. They use media outlets and social media to whitewash their crimes and disguise victims as offenders.
An Iranian hacking group called Rampant Kitten has recently been observed targeting opposition and anti-regime organizations in a lengthy campaign that may have begun six years ago. Rampant Kitten has allegedly been targeting supporters of Mujahedin-e Khalq and the Azerbaijan National Resistance Organization
Hackers linked and affiliated with the Iranian government are now capable of cracking encrypted messaging systems such as Telegram and WhatsApp, according to digital security reports released on Friday.
U.S. prosecutors say they have indicted two Iranians on allegations they were hackers connected with a “coordinated cyberintrusion campaign” that targeted American and foreign universities, a Washington-based think tank, and other organizations in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.
Federal prosecutors in Boston have charged two hackers believed to be living in Iran and the Palestinian territories with damaging “multiple websites” across the United States, including sites linked to Massachusetts companies, in retaliation for a January airstrike that killed General Qasem Soleimani of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.