UK cybersecurity officials have warned that hacking groups linked to Russia and Iran are impersonating journalists and experts to trick people into clicking on malicious links.
The hackers, who are said to have similar goals but operate separately, are trying to steal emails from academia, defense, media, government workers, activists and non-governmental organizations, it said. Thursday by the UK’s National Cyber Security Center, according to recommendations made Thursday.
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“These campaigns by threat actors based in Russia and Iran continue to relentlessly pursue targets to steal online credentials and compromise potentially sensitive systems,” said the Center. said Paul Chichester, Director of Operations at “We strongly encourage organizations and individuals to remain vigilant against potential approaches and follow the advisory’s mitigation advice to protect themselves online.”
A Russian hacker known as “Seaborgium” or “Cold River” was posted in May by a Google researcher at Alphabet Inc. on a website that published a personal email from the former head of Britain’s MI6 intelligence service. Linked. According to Reuters, the group also targeted scientists at three U.S. nuclear laboratories last year.
The Iranian hacker, sometimes referred to as “TA453” or “Charming Kitten,” was previously identified as targeting World Health Organization officials and academics specializing in Middle East affairs.
According to the UK Cyber Security Center, hackers research a target’s interests and identify real-world social or professional contacts. According to the center, they also duped victims by creating fake social media and network profiles of him and sending out invitations to meetings and events.
US company T-Mobile says the data of 37 million customers has been hacked.
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