by: Kate Norman
Tuesday, 12 October 2021 | Iranian hackers targeted Israeli and US defense technology companies as well as businesses in the Middle East region, Microsoft announced in a blog post on Monday.
More than 250 Microsoft Office 365 users were targeted, Microsoft said, focusing on US and Israeli defense technology companies involved in producing “military grade-radars, drone technology, satellite systems and emergency response communication systems.” Other targets included Persian Gulf entry ports and maritime and transportation companies in the region.
Less than 20 of the 250 targets were successfully compromised, Microsoft assured in its statement.
And who was behind the attack?
“This activity likely supports the national interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Microsoft said, adding that the company assessed that the cyberattacks support “Iranian government tracking of adversary security services and maritime shipping in the Middle East to enhance their contingency plans.”
Furthermore, Microsoft added, “Gaining access to commercial satellite imagery and proprietary shipping plans and logs could help Iran compensate for its developing satellite program.”
The company urged companies in certain sectors to take extra measures of protection “given Iran’s past cyber and military attacks against shipping and maritime targets.”
Microsoft warned that DEV-0343, the company’s name for the Iranian hackers, “continues to evolve their techniques to refine its attacks.”
“Given Iran’s past cyber and military attacks against shipping and maritime targets, Microsoft believes this activity increases the risk to companies in these sectors.”
The cyberattacks come amid ever growing tension between Jerusalem and Tehran. Periodically Israel and Iran accuse each other of maritime attacks in the Gulf, and Israel has also accused Iran of using its terrorist proxies in the region to establish a launching pad for attacks against the Jewish state—which Israel has vowed to prevent.
Adding to the tension is the Biden administration and Europe’s desperation to revive the nuclear deal and draw Iran back into the Vienna talks for negotiation.
Posted on October 12, 2021
Source: (Bridges for Peace, October 12, 2021)
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