21 Sep 2020

Hackers Collecting Intelligence on Potential Opponents to Iranian Regime

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, two movements that are currently advocating for

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18 Sep 2020

Iranian Hackers Indicted for Stealing Aerospace & Satellite Tracking Data

The US Department of Justice has charged three Iranian hackers allegedly involved with the threat actor group APT39, accusing them of curating a campaign intended to steal critical data related to US projects and intellectual property in aerospace and satellite technology. This is the third time in just three days

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16 Sep 2020

U.S., Israel, U.A.E., Bahrain Sign Peace Accord

On Tuesday, US President Trump presided over the signing of a peace agreement between US ally Israel and two Gulf Nations, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates. Trump has called this advancement in Middle Eastern peace efforts the foundation for a broader alignment against Iran. If more countries within the

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11 Sep 2020

Microsoft confirms Chinese, Iranian, and Russian cyber-attacks on Biden and Trump campaigns

Yesterday, Microsoft confirmed that Chinese, Iranian, and Russian hackers attempted to breach email accounts associated with both the Biden and Trump election campaigns, confirming former suspicions over foreign interference in the US 2020 presidential elections. According to Microsoft, the majority of the attacks were immediately detected and blocked by security

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02 Sep 2020

Iranian Hackers Target Critical Vulnerability in F5’s BIG-IP

An Iranian state-sponsored hacking group has been observed by security researchers targeting a critical vulnerability in F5 Network’s BIG-IP application delivery controller. Although the bug was addressed in early July, it has a CVSS score of 10, meaning that it is of high severity. The flaw, CVE-2020-5902, allows remote attackers

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01 Sep 2020

Iranian hackers are selling access to compromised companies on an underground forum

Today, cybersecurity firm Crowdstrike released a report detailing the operations of Iranian state-sponsored hacking groups, particularly their sale of compromised network access on an underground hacking forum. Crowdstrike identified the group using the codename Pioneer Kitten, which is an alternative designation for the group more commonly known as Fox Kitten

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27 Aug 2020

Iran Grants U.N. Watchdog Access to Suspected Nuclear Sites

Iran has reportedly agreed to allow UN inspectors access to sites where suspected nuclear activity is occurring. The country has been accused of denying sanctions and carrying out illicit nuclear-weapons programs in the past. The US and European powers have been applying pressure on Iran to cooperate with the probe,

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24 Aug 2020

Iran Official Says Sabotage Caused Fire at Natanz Nuclear Site

In Iran, several recent explosions have lead officials to believe that foul play was involved, and after further investigation into an explosion at the Natanz nuclear facility, Iran has stated it was a result of sabotage operations. Security authorities researching the suspicious fire and blast determined that the fire may

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24 Aug 2020

Group of unskilled Iranian hackers behind recent attacks with Dharma ransomware

New research from the security firm Group-IB reveals that low-skilled Iranian hackers were behind a series of attacks against Asian companies utilizing the Dharma ransomware. In a recent campaign, the hackers have gone after countries such as Russia, China, Japan, and India. In a report published today, Group-IB claims that

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03 Aug 2020

Iran cover-up of deaths revealed by data leak

According to an investigation conducted by BBC Persia, the number of COVID-19 deaths in Iran is nearly triple what the government has been reporting. The government’s records state that 42,000 people have died with COVID-19 symptoms as of July 20, whereas the health ministry only reported 14,405 deaths. The number

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