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Microsoft: Iranian hackers target security conference participants

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Η Microsoft revealed that Iranian statesmen hackers violated the accounts e-mail many “high profile” people. Many of them will participated in this year’s Munich Security Conference (Munich Security Conference).

The hackers targeted over 100 people. According to Microsoft's Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC), the attackers are state-owned Iranians hackers, known as Phosphorus, Charming Kitten, APT 35 or Magic Hound.

"The attacks managed to break the accounts of many victims, including former ambassadors and other senior experts helping to shape the global agenda and foreign policies in their countries", Said a Microsoft executive.

Based on Microsoft analysis, attacks, are part of a espionage campaign, which the Iranian hackers had planned for to steal information from e-mail and the contacts of the victims.

Iranian hackers

The attacks are not linked to the US election

In order for the Iranians to be able to compromise their victims' email accounts hackers Phosphorus sent fake invitations (via email) “to former government officials, security policy experts, academics and NGO leaders“. This process took place between February and October 2020.

The attackers used almost perfect English and were presented as organizers of the Munich Security Conference or Think 20 (T20).

"Based on the current analysis, we do not believe that this activity is linked to their elections USA", Said Microsoft.

However, last month, the company revealed others attacks by its state hackers Russia, China and Iran, targeting organizations and individuals involved in this year's presidential election.

"We have already worked with the conference organizers, who have already warned and will continue to warn potential participants and reveal what we have seen, so that everyone stays alert for similar incidents with other conferences or events.", Said the Microsoft executive.

The Security Conference used by hackers to defraud them victims, brings together hundreds of "high profile" people, including prominent leaders from around the world, heads of state, ministers and NGO leaders.

Source: Bleeoing Computer

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