20 Feb 2019

Russian State-Sponsored Hackers Are Fastest: CrowdStrike

The 2019 Global Threat Report by CrowdStrike shows that Russian hacking groups with ties to Moscow are able to start moving laterally across a compromised network in under 20 minutes after they have gained a first foothold. This average “breakout time” is far faster than that of state-backed hackers from

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19 Feb 2019

Ahead of MBS visit, China seeks ‘deeper trust’ with Iran

At a Beijing meeting between the top foreign policy diplomats of China and Iran, Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi said that his government aims to “deepen the strategic trust” between the two countries. His Iranian counterpart stated that Iran very much values the relationship with China and that it considers “the

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18 Feb 2019

Chinese and Iranian Hackers Renew Their Attacks on U.S. Companies

Cyber security researchers with the US government and private firm FireEye are seeing an increase of Iranian and Chinese cyber attacks on American companies and the US government. These developments are related to the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the US-China trade war, respectively. During the recent

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18 Feb 2019

Pence calls on European allies to withdraw from Iran deal as Merkel defends decision

Vice President Mike Pence and German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered rather contrasting addresses at the recent Munich Security Conference. Whereas Merkel defended the Iran nuclear deal, of which her country is part, Pence once again urged Germany and other European allies to follow his government’s lead and withdraw from the arrangement.

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15 Feb 2019

Iran indictments show even U.S. intelligence officials are vulnerable to basic hacking schemes

As the story broke about the charges against former U.S. Air Force intelligence specialist who defected to Iran and support targeted hacking against some of her former colleagues, one clear takeaway stood out: even U.S. intelligence officers can fall victim to basic, directed hacking campaigns. The process was simple; the

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14 Feb 2019

Ex-US Intel Officer Charged with Helping Iran Target Her Former Colleagues

The US government is charging a former US Air Force counterintelligence agent for conspiring with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). According to the official indictment, Monica Elfriede Witt helped four Iranian hackers with the IRGC carry out social engineering attacks that targeted the suspect’s former colleagues in US intelligence. The aim

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14 Feb 2019

Iran struggling to contain Sunni extremists: Suicide Bombing Kills 27 Revolutionary Guards

At least 27 Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps members were killed after a suicide attack on a bus carrying the troops home from a border mission, according to Iranian news sources and official statements. The Guards Corps have blamed the U.S. for the attack, mentioning the suspicious timing of the attack

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11 Feb 2019

40 years later, the many legacies of Iran’s revolution

Today, the Iranian government in Tehran completes their formal 40th anniversary celebration of the revolution that launched the current Islamic Republic. The celebration came with continued anti-American sentiment for the U.S. support of the Shah, although the country’s supreme leader noted that “death to America” chants do not mean “death

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08 Feb 2019

U.S. Assails Iranian Space Program After Reports Of Second Failed Launch

In response to satellite photos that allegedly show an attempted satellite launch by Iran, the US State Department on Thursday stated that such a launch involves “technologies that are virtually identical and interchangeable with those used in ballistic missiles, including in Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs),” and emphasized that the US

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06 Feb 2019

How U.S. Mission Creep in Syria and Iraq Could Trigger War With Iran

Some analysts and politicians are raising fears that continued U.S. presence in Syria used to keep tabs on Iran could lead to unintended escalation and even trigger a war. In a previously unreported incident in 2017, the U.S. and Russia made an agreement regarding advance notice for use of airspace

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