17 Mar 2020

Iran warns virus could kill ‘millions’ in Islamic Republic

On Tuesday, Iran issued its strongest warning to data about the pandemic, suggesting that if the Islamic Republic continues to keep traveling and ignoring health guidance, “millions” of the Islamic Republic residents could die. Iran’s supreme leader also issued a ban on unnecessary domestic travel. Approximately 9/10 of the confirmed

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13 Mar 2020

US conducts airstrikes against multiple Iranian-backed militia sites in Iraq

The US initiated airstrikes against multiple Iranian-backed militia sites in Iraq one day after determining they were responsible for a fatal rocket attack. The Iranian rocket attack killed two American service members and one British service member. The Defense Department stated that the purpose of the airstrikes was to harm

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09 Mar 2020

Saudi Arabia detains three senior members of royal family

In Saudi Arabia, three senior members of the royal family have been detained for unexplained reasons in what onlookers see as a consolidation of power by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Two of the men, Mohammed bin Nayef, the former crown prince, and Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the

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21 Jan 2020

New JhoneRAT Malware Targets Middle East

Security researchers warn that a new remote access trojan named JhoneRAT is targeting the Middle East and boasts anti-detection techniques such as making use of Google Drive, Google Forms, and Twitter. Once it is downloaded, the RAT gathers information off of the victim’s device and downloads additional payloads. There is

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05 Dec 2019

Iran Has Launched ‘Malicious’ New Malware That Wipes Windows Computers, Warns IBM

IBM found that state-sponsored hacking group APT34 has deployed a new strain of malicious malware aimed at the industrial and energy sectors in the Middle East. APT34 was responsible for a phishing attack using LinkedIn earlier this year, but IBM claims that they are working with another group whose identity

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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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30 Sep 2019

After Saudi attacks, Russia makes its regional presence felt

Russia is trying to take advantage of the recent drone attacks that disrupted about half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity in order to increase its influence in the Middle East, analysts say. Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport responded to the attacks by scheduling talks with leaders in the region about

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20 Sep 2019

Iraq’s stability on the line as US, Iran tensions soar

Rising tensions in the Middle East between Iran and its allies on one side, and Israel, Saudi Arabia and other US allies on the other, are threatening the stability of various countries in the region. Just last month, the Israeli military attacked targets allied to Iran in Syria, the Palestinian-administered

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19 Sep 2019

New Attack Group Targets Saudi IT Providers

Security researchers with Symantec have been tracking a cyber campaign targeting IT providers in Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East. The firm attributes the campaign to Tortoiseshell Group, a previously undocumented threat actor that has been active since at least July of 2018. Tortoiseshell Group has infiltrated

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10 Sep 2019

Stealth Falcon Targets Middle East with Windows BITS Feature

New ESET research reveals that Stealth Falcon, a cyber espionage group targeting political activists and journalists in the Middle East, has changed tactics and is currently using a backdoor relying on Windows Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS), instead of the PowerShell-based backdoor used by the group in previous campaigns. The

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