Thursday , 29 July 2021

Report: Iran-Linked Cyber Spies Use Simple Yet Effective Hacks

VOA  — A cyber spying group with links to Iran and active for the past four years is targeting countries including Israel, Saudi Arabia, Germany and the United States, security researchers said on Tuesday.


A new report by Tokyo-based Trend Micro and ClearSky of Israel detailed incidents as recently as April of this year involving a group known as “CopyKittens”.

The group targets its victims using relatively simple techniques like creating fake Facebook pages, corrupting websites or Microsoft Word attachments with a malicious code, according to the report.

It was seen impersonating popular media brands like Twitter, Youtube, the BBC and security firms such as Microsoft, Intel and even Trend Micro.

“CopyKittens is very persistent, despite lacking technological sophistication and operational discipline,” the researchers said in a statement.

“These characteristics, however, cause it to be relatively noisy, making it easy to find, monitor and apply counter measures relatively quickly,” they said.

Iranian officials were not available for comment.

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