Ex-US Air Force intelligence officer charged with spying for Iran

U.S. authorities on Wednesday charged former Air Force intelligence officer Monica Witt with helping Iran launch a cyber-spying operation that targeted her former colleagues after she defected from the United States. The U.S. Justice Department said Witt, 39, assembled dossiers Read More …

Charming Kitten Iranian Espionage Campaign Thwarts 2FA

The campaign targets politicians involved in economic and military sanctions against Iran, along with various journalists and human rights activists. A range of political and civil society targets are under fire in an APT attack dubbed the Return of Charming Read More …

U.S Charges Two Iranian Hackers for SamSam Ransomware Attacks

The Department of Justice announced Wednesday charges against two Iranian nationals for their involvement in creating and deploying the notorious SamSam ransomware. The alleged hackers, Faramarz Shahi Savandi, 34, and Mohammad Mehdi Shah, 27, have been charged on several counts of computer Read More …

New Stuxnet Variant Allegedly Struck Iran

A malware similar in nature to Stuxnet but more aggressive and sophisticated allegedly hit the infrastructure and strategic networks in Iran. Details about the supposed new attack are superficial at the moment, as there are no details about the supposed Read More …

OilRig APT Continues Its Ongoing Malware Evolution

The Iran-linked APT appears to be in a state of continuous tool development, analogous to the DevOps efforts seen in the legitimate software world. OilRig, an APT group believed to have ties to Iran, has been spotted in yet another Read More …

OilRig Sends an OopsIE to Mideast Government Targets

The Iran-linked group is using a variant of the data-exfiltration OopsIE trojan to attack a Mideast government entity. The OilRig group is back, using a reboot of the OopsIE trojan to pump information from its favorite resource: entities in the Read More …

FBI: Iranian Firm Stole Data In Massive Spear Phishing Campaign

The United States Department of Justice announced charges against nine Iranians accused of stealing private data from U.S. universities, private companies and U.S. government agencies. FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich said in a statement that the state-sponsored hackers worked for more than Read More …

Australian universities and NGOs targeted by Iranian and Chinese hackers

Australian universities have been targeted by hackers with connections to Iran in recent months, and “a number of investigations” are in progress, according to cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike. “There are a lot of things that are happening geopolitically that are driving Read More …

Newly Discovered Iranian APT Group Brings State-sponsored Cyber Espionage into Focus

State-sponsored cyber espionage has been rising steadily in recent years. Whether it’s high-profile attacks such as North Korea’s hack of Sony in 2014, China’s alleged hack of the US’s Office of Personnel Management in 2015, or Russia’s alleged hack of the Democratic National Committee in 2016, Read More …