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Kaspersky Lab reveals Duqu 2.0 attack ON ITSELF during Iran nuke talks

Kaspersky Lab has unearthed an attack on its corporate network which hit high profile victims in several Western, Middle East and Asian nations, including covert surveillance attempts during the ongoing Iranian nuclear talks. The Duqu 2.0 malware platform associated with the attacks was exploiting up to three zero-day …
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2015
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad receives news of the successful 'Omid' launch

Spookception: US spied on Israel spying on US-Iran nuke talks

Israel spied on the recent US-Iran nuclear talks, alleges America. And the US knows enough about it to say it publicly because the NSA is spying on Israel, along with everyone else. The Wall Street Journal reports that Israel handed over confidential information from the negotiations to friendly members of the US Congress in a …
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2015

Rocket Kittens target defence and IT bods from Europe & Israel

A seemingly state-sponsored hacking crew has compromised systems in several organisations in Israel and Europe, according to new research by Trend Micro. The so-called Rocket Kitten group has targeted defence and IT industries, government entities and academic institutions. Victims include civilian and academic organisations …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2015
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Iran hacks America where it hurts: Las Vegas casinos

US director of National Intelligence James Clapper has accused Iran of orchestrating a 2014 hack of the Las Vegas Sands casino. The attack crippled the magnificent cultural institution's IT infrastructure. Clapper told a US Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday (US time) that the hack of the US$14 billion casino was the …
Darren Pauli, 27 Feb 2015

What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

Encrypted communications will be backdoored or banned in the UK if the Conservatives win the next election, Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged. Youtube Video The UK government has always had the power, “in extremis,” to read Brits' personal post and eavesdrop on electronic chatter, he repeatedly insisted on Monday in a …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jan 2015

Iranian CLEAVER hackers may DRAIN energy and defence firms, warn Feds

Iranian hackers may be sniffing out education, defence and energy targets as part of a well-planned operation, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation has reportedly warned. A secret FBI document dubbed "Flash, seen by Reuters, offered advice to businesses on how to foil any such attacks. It comes after Cylance researchers …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Dec 2014
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ICANN can't hand over Iran's internet, bomb victims told

It's not possible to hand over Iran's internet because it doesn't own it, a Washington DC court has been told in a mind-boggling submission to terrorism victims. Lawyers for nine US citizens injured in an Iran-financed bombing in Jerusalem back in 1997 have turned to the internet in an effort to recoup millions of dollars …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Jul 2014
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Hackers pose as hacks: Iranian crew uses Facebook to spy on US defence bods – report

An Iran-based hacking network used fake Facebook and other social media profiles to "befriend" and spy on US lawmakers and defence contractors in the US and Israel, among other targets, according to a new report. According to the study, the hackers attempted to get "friendly" with US lawmakers, defence contractors and "at …
John Leyden, 30 May 2014
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Iranian hacktivists move into hardcore hacking against West, dissidents

Security firm FireEye has been tracking an Iranian hacking group that has moved from simple defacement of websites to actively targeting Western defense contractors and those within Iran's borders who are trying to circumvent the regime's censorship firewall. The hacking group, calling itself the Ajax Security Team, has been …
Iain Thomson, 14 May 2014
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Iran brands Facebook boss Zuckerberg an 'American Zionist', bans WhatsApp

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, whose company recently bought WhatsApp for an eye-watering $19bn, has reportedly been described as an "American Zionist" in Iran. According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz - which cites news reports - the mobile messaging service has been banned in Iran by the secretary of the committee for …
Team Register, 6 May 2014

FBI floats $5 MEELLION bounty for alleged Chinese WMD purveyor

The US State Department has offered a $5m bounty for information leading to the arrest of Chinese businessman Li Fangwei for his alleged role as a major supplier of ballistic missile technology to Iran. The latest efforts are part of a major push by the Treasury, Justice, Commerce and State departments to get their hands on Li …
Phil Muncaster, 30 Apr 2014
Hackers deface the Las Vegas Sands website

DON'T PANIC! No credit card details lost after hackers crack world's largest casino group

IT administrators at the Las Vegas Sands casino are having a tough time restoring their systems after hackers successfully got inside the corporation's firewall, but it appears that the most valuable sections of the network are safe, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Board chairman A.G. Burnett told Associated …
Iain Thomson, 13 Feb 2014
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Iranian cyberwar chief shot dead. Revolutionary Guard: Assassination? Don't 'speculate'

The chief of Iranian cyber-security has been shot dead, sparking rumours that he was murdered in a targeted assassination. The body of Mojtaba Ahmadi, commander of the Cyber War Headquarters, was found in isolated woodland near a town called Karaj, which is north-west of Tehran. He had been shot twice through the heart. …
Jasper Hamill, 3 Oct 2013

Up yours, Google! Iran to launch OWN state email service

The Iranian government is set to roll out a national email service to all of its citizens in another ominous step towards the dismantling of their online freedoms. There’s not much detail on the new home-grown service, which was apparently reported in local media and on state-run TV, except that it will use the “mail.post.ir …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Jul 2013
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Retired 4-star general probed over Stuxnet details leak - report

A retired general has been named as the target of a US Department of Justice probe into the release of confidential information about the Stuxnet virus. An NBC report claimed that James Cartwright, a retired US Marine Corps four star general, was under investigation for allegedly leaking details of the virus. Unnamed legal …
Jasper Hamill, 28 Jun 2013

Pre-election phishing spike blasts Iranian Gmail accounts

Google has spotted a massive spike in what it believes to be politically-motivated phishing attacks originating from Iran and targeting tens of thousands of web users ahead of Friday’s presidential elections. The Chocolate Factory has spotted several campaigns over the past three weeks, all coming from inside the Islamic …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Jun 2013
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad receives news of the successful 'Omid' launch

Iran fingered for attacks on US power firms

Iranian hackers are launching state-sanctioned attacks on US energy firms and hope to sabotage critical infrastructure by targeting industrial control systems, according to American officials. The attacks on oil, gas and power firms have so far concentrated on accruing information on how their systems work – a likely first …
Phil Muncaster, 27 May 2013
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad receives news of the successful 'Omid' launch

Samsung to block mobile app store in Iran as sanctions bite

Samsung is blocking access to its mobile app store in Iran from next month, an action believed to be part of international sanctions over the Islamic republic’s nuclear program. Customers of the Korean tech giant in Iran received notification on Wednesday night by email that the online marketplace would be out of action as of …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Apr 2013

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