Russian hackers posed as Iranians to hit dozens of countries, mostly in Mideast

The United States and the UK said Monday they had exposed how a group of Russian hackers hijacked the tools of their Iranian counterparts to attack dozens of countries around the world.

The so-called Turla group, also known as Waterbug or Venomous Bear, is widely reported to be associated with Russian state actors. The US National Security Agency and Britain’s National Cyber Security Center said Monday that Turla acquired control of the tools and infrastructure of Iranian hacking groups for their attacks in an attempt to mask their identity.

The attacks extracted documents from multiple sectors, including governments, and were mostly carried out in the Middle East. The UK NCSC advisory report on the attacks did not specify whether Israel was targeted.

Paul Chichester, the NCSC’s director of operations, said Monday: “Turla acquired access to Iranian tools and the ability to identify and exploit them to further their own aims.”

“We want to send a clear message that even when cyber actors seek to mask their identity, our capabilities will ultimately identify them,” he said.

Chichester said the attack was of a level of sophistication he had not previously encountered.

Russia has been accused of multiple hacking operations and fake news campaigns targeting Western nations amid attempts to destabilize democracies and further Moscow’s interests.

The US intelligence community has concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election in order to help boost US President Donald Trump’s chances of winning the presidency.

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3 Responses to “Russian hackers posed as Iranians to hit dozens of countries, mostly in Mideast”

  1. jenny Wren says:

    Russia, Russia, Russia, that’s all we hear, most of us with a thinking brain, know this is BS, and the real culprits as always are never mentioned, but behind a lot of the Globes problems.They are the biggest problem in the middle East

  2. synagogue of satan says:

    well said Jenny

  3. netanyahu1488 says:

    “It conclusively proves that in fact the USSR was pro-Jewish, but anti-Zionist”.

    The Jew used anti-Semitism (their tool) to encourage emigration to ‘Jewsrael’. They tried that decades ago in order to encourage mass migration of Jews to Israel from Russia. And they tried that more recently in France, by howling “anti-Semitism”. The object is to totally displace the Palestinians from their land.

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