Iran Steps Up Cyber Attacks Across the Globe

Launching cyber attacks on Israel, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and other nations

Iran has significantly stepped up efforts to launch cyber attacks and hack into the critical systems of multiple Middle East governments, including those of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and a host of other nations, according to a new report by a leading Israeli cyber security firm.

Iran’s cyber operations have become increasingly sophisticated over the past year, with the Islamic Republic aiming to obtain state secrets and penetrate sensitive online systems of various governments, according to a new report by ClearSky Cyber Security.

Iran has been suspected for some time of sponsoring cyber espionage attacks, with the majority being launched against Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Senior U.S. officials hinted at Iran’s growing spying operations in February, when they confirmed that Iran was behind a major hack attack on casino magnate Sheldon Adelson’s Sands Corporation.

After tracing Iran’s efforts for about a year, ClearSky discovered evidence that the Islamic Republic has targeted some 550 targets across the region and elsewhere in the world.

“We have learned of 550 targets, most of them in the Middle East, from various fields: research about diplomacy, Middle East and Iran, international relations, and other fields; Defense and security; Journalism and human rights; and more,” the report states.

“The context of the attacks and cover stories all revolve around Iran. Importantly, as determined by several professionals—the attackers speak and write in native Iranian Persian and make mistakes characteristic of Persian speakers,” states. “In one of the hacked accounts, when retrieved, the interface language had been changed to Persian.”

According to the report, “the targets and victims match the interests of Iran.”

Internet addresses and other information associated with the hack attacks also link back to Iranian actors, the report claims.

Full article: Iran Steps Up Cyber Attacks Across the Globe (Washington Free Beacon)

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