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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29 Jul 2020

Iran launches underground ballistic missiles during exercise

On Wednesday, Iran launched underground ballistic missiles as part of a paramilitary Revolutionary Gaurd exercise that also included a mock-up aircraft carrier. The drill took place in the Strait of Hormuz and caused two American bases to temporarily go on alert. Drone footage appears to show the Gaurd launching missiles

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28 Jul 2020

Iran Plagued with Almost a Dozen Explosions over a Three Week Period

Over the past few weeks, Iran has experienced an alarming amount of explosions occurring at various critical infrastructure locations. This post recaps explosions reported in the media and adds context which may help assess what will come next. 

At the time of this writing, 11 major events have been reported. Iran is a closed society and there may be many other events that have not been reported.

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16 Jul 2020

Iranian Spies Accidentally Leaked Videos of Themselves Hacking

IBM’s X-Force security team has revealed that they have gained access to five hours of video footage that depict hacking group ITG18, an Iranian threat actor group also known as APT35 or Charming Kitten, performing cybercrimes. The video, according to IBM, seems to be recorded directly from the screens of

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14 Jul 2020

Iran executes man convicted of selling missile information to CIA

Iranian authorities claim that it has executed a former defense ministry employee who allegedly sold information to the US CIA. The man in question, Reza Asgari, was executed last week according to judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili. Esmaili stated that Asgari sold details on Iran’s missile program to the CIA after

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