Iranian military spear-phish of US government employees detected first by Facebook

November 27, 2015

More details have emerged about the hacking of the computers of US State Department and other government employees, first revealed earlier this month in a Wall Street Journal report. The intrusions by hackers purported to be associated with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard may be tied to the arrest of an Iranian-American businessman in Tehran in October and other arrests of dual citizens in Iran.

The attackers used compromised social media accounts of junior State Department staff as part of a “phishing” operation that compromised the computers of employees working in the State Department’s Office of Iranian Affairs and Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and in the computers of some journalists.

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