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Iranian Hackers Targeting Turkey and Arabian Peninsula in New Malware Campaign

Iranian Hackers Targeting Turkey and Arabian Peninsula in New Malware Campaign

March 10, 2022Ravie Lakshmanan
The Iranian state-sponsored threat actor known as MuddyWater has been attributed to a new swarm of attacks targeting Turkey and the Arabian Peninsula with the goal of deploying remote access trojans (RATs) on compromised systems. "The MuddyWater supergroup is highly motivated and can use unauthorized access to conduct espionage, intellectual property theft, and deploy ransomware and destructive malware in an enterprise," Cisco Talos researchers Asheer Malhotra, Vitor Ventura, and Arnaud Zobec  said  in a report published today. The group, which has been active since at least 2017, is known for its attacks on various sectors that help further advance Iran's geopolitical and national security objectives. In January 2022, the U.S. Cyber Command attributed the actor to the country's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). MuddyWater is also believed to be a "conglomerate of  multiple teams  operating independently rather than a single threat actor group,&q
Iran's MuddyWater Hacker Group Using New Malware in Worldwide Cyber Attacks

Iran's MuddyWater Hacker Group Using New Malware in Worldwide Cyber Attacks

February 25, 2022Ravie Lakshmanan
Cybersecurity agencies from the U.K. and the U.S. have laid bare a new malware used by the Iranian government-sponsored advanced persistent threat (APT) group in attacks targeting government and commercial networks worldwide. "MuddyWater actors are positioned both to provide stolen data and accesses to the Iranian government and to share these with other malicious cyber actors," the agencies  said . The joint advisory comes courtesy of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the U.S. Cyber Command Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF), and the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). The cyberespionage actor was  outed this year  as conducting malicious operations as part of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) targeting a wide range of government and private-sector organizations, including telecommunications, defense, local government, and oil and natural gas sectors, in Asia, Afric
Researchers Uncover New Iranian Hacking Campaign Targeting Turkish Users

Researchers Uncover New Iranian Hacking Campaign Targeting Turkish Users

January 31, 2022Ravie Lakshmanan
Details have emerged about a previously undocumented malware campaign undertaken by the Iranian MuddyWater advanced persistent threat (APT) group targeting Turkish private organizations and governmental institutions. "This campaign utilizes malicious PDFs, XLS files and Windows executables to deploy malicious PowerShell-based downloaders acting as initial footholds into the target's enterprise," Cisco Talos researchers Asheer Malhotra and Vitor Ventura  said  in a newly published report. The  development  comes as the U.S. Cyber Command, earlier this month,  linked the APT  to the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). The intrusions, which are believed to have been orchestrated as recently as November 2021, were directed against Turkish government entities, including the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey ( TÜBİTAK ), using weaponized Excel documents and PDF files hosted on attacker-controlled or media-sharing websites. These mal
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