26 Oct 2020

Treasury Sanctions Iranian Entities for Attempted Election Interference

On October 22, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) determined to impose sanctions on five distinct Iranian entities known to have attempted to conduct election interference on the US and its voters. These attempts include spreading disinformation and executing malign influence campaigns aimed to mislead

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22 Oct 2020

FBI says Iran and Russia have US voter information

The FBI has conceded that Iran and Russia have obtained access to US voter information amid an email espionage attempt to intimidate Democratic voters ahead of the election. Both countries have denied accusations of election interference with Iran adding that it makes no difference for them who wins in November.

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22 Oct 2020

Iran Was Behind Proud Boys Email Campaign in US

US officials have traced a campaign attempting to intimidate registered Democrats back to Iranian hackers. The spoofed emails claimed to be coming from the far-right organization the Proud Boys, titled “Vote Trump or else.” The contents of the emails included threats to Democrat’s homes,  with some containing addresses to further

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15 Oct 2020

Two Americans Held Hostage by Iran-Backed Forces in Yemen Freed in Trade

Sandra Loli, an American humanitarian aid worker, and Mikael Gidada, an American businessman, have been released by Houthi militants in Yemen on Wednesday due to a trade that returned more than 200 of the Iran-backed group’s loyalists to the country. The American hostages were freed on a Royal Oman Air

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15 Oct 2020

Iranian hackers restart attacks on universities as the new school year begins

Security firm Malwarebytes released a report detailing an Iranian hacking campaign in which academic institutions have been targeted. The group, known as Silent Librarian, has historically gone after universities and school systems, however, has recently launched new campaigns with the same goal as previous years. The attacks coincide with the

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09 Oct 2020

U.S. Seizes Domain Names Used by Iran for Disinformation

Earlier this week, the US Government announced that it had seized 92 domain names utilized by Iran-backed threat actors to spread disinformation. The domains pretended to be genuine news outlets, however, they were controlled by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Gaurd Corps (IRGC) to launch a global disinformation campaign spreading Iranian propaganda

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06 Oct 2020

Iran owes $1.4B over ex-FBI agent presumed dead

Last Thursday, a US judge ruled that Iran should pay $1.45 billion to the family of a former FBI agent who was allegedly kidnapped by the Islamic Republic while on a CIA mission to an Iranian island. The trip occurred in 2007, and the agent, Robert Levinson, is believed to

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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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