Operation SpoofedScholars: Iranian hackers posed as academics in a bid to steal email passwords

An Iranian cyber espionage campaign used spoofed identities of real academics at a UK university in phishing attacks designed to steal password details of experts in Middle Eastern affairs from universities, think tanks and the media.

Detailed by cybersecurity researchers at Proofpoint, who’ve dubbed it Operation SpoofedScholars, the campaign also compromised a university-affiliated website in an effort to deliver personalised credential harvesting pages to targets, under the guise of inviting them to speak in a webinar on Middle Eastern issues.

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Source: ZDNet