25 Nov 2019

‘Time to take out our swords’ – Inside Iran’s plot to attack Saudi Arabia

A new Reuters report based on testimonies by Iranian officials reveals how the Iranian government orchestrated the September 14 drone strikes that targeted two Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais, disrupting about half of the kingdom’s oil capacity. While the attack was claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, Saudi

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21 Nov 2019

Israel carries out ‘wide-scale strikes’ on Iranian forces in Syria

Following Iranian missile fire into Israel, the Israeli military responded by hitting dozens of government and allied Iranian targets in Syria. Syria stated that only two civilians died, but other sources claim the death toll was much higher. Civilians shared photos of fires and videos of explosions on social media.

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19 Nov 2019

Why Iran’s Internet Shutdown Is A Stark Warning For Russia

Amid protests over increasing fuel prices, Iran shut down the internet to prevent images and videos from spreading internationally and to hinder the organization of protests. The shutdown was described by NetBlocks as very complex, as it took 24 hours to put into effect. On November 16th, large mobile network

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18 Nov 2019

Iran’s top leader warns ‘thugs’ as protests reach 100 cities

Iran shut down internet access for 80 million people to suppress demonstrations that took place in over 100 cities. This made it extremely difficult for news sources and civilians alike to gauge the extent of the protests. Iran’s Supreme leader  Ali Khamenei cautiously backed the government’s decision to raise gas

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14 Nov 2019

Secret Iranian Network Behind ‘Aggressive’ U.S. Cyberattacks Exposed In New Report

Iranian hacking group APT33, well known for the Shamoon attack on Saudi Aramco, has made headlines again for aggressive attacks on civilians and critical infrastructure. Trend Micro recently reported that APT33 has developed its methods to attack the oil and gas industry, creating more a higher risk to companies in

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06 Nov 2019

Iran starts injecting uranium gas into centrifuges at Fordow: TV

For the second time this week, Iran has announced measures that represent a step away from compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that was abandoned by the United States last year. On Wednesday, Iranian state TV reported that the country has began injecting uranium gas into centrifuges at the Fordow

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04 Nov 2019

Iran announces new nuclear deal violations

Iran on Monday announced that it has launched 30 new nuclear centrifuges that enrich uranium 10 times faster than the older centrifuges used by the regime. In addition, the country said that it is developing a new type of centrifuge for enriching uranium up to 50 times faster. The announcement

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24 Oct 2019

Mobile malware increasingly being used for espionage by state-sponsored groups

A new report by BlackBerry shows that advanced persistent threat (APT) groups are relying on mobile malware to a much larger extent then previous research has suggested. In the context of cyber espionage campaigns, state-backed hackers increasingly use mobile malware in combination with traditional malware. Reasons for the growing use

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23 Oct 2019

Facebook promises action on 2020 US election fraud, wipes out fake networks from Russia, Iran

Facebook on Monday announced that it had shut down multiple Iranian and Russian disinformation campaigns targeting users via hundreds of fraudulent Facebook accounts, pages and groups as well as several popular Instagram accounts. Three of the four networks engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” were linked to Iran, while the fourth

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21 Oct 2019

NSA And NCSC Warning: Russian Hackers Disguised As Iranian Spies Attacked 35 Countries

The US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) warned on Monday that the Russian state-backed hacking group Turla (aka Snake or Uroburos) has been impersonating Iranian state-sponsored hackers in a campaign targeting organizations in the US, the UK and 33 other countries, many of

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