DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s telecommunications minister accused Israel on Monday of a new cyber attack on its telecommunications infrastructure, and vowed to respond with legal action. FILE PHOTO: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is seen during a meeting with students at the Hussayniyeh of Imam Khomeini in Tehran, Iran, November 3, 2018. Official Khamenei website/Handout via REUTERS This followed comments from another official last week that Iran had uncovered a new generation of Stuxnet, a virus which was used against the country’s nuclear program more than a decade ago. “The Zionist regime (Israel), with its record of using cyber weapons such as Stuxnet computer virus, launched a cyber attack on Iran on Monday to harm Iran’s communication infrastructures,” Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari-Jahromi said. “Thanks to our vigilant technical teams, it failed,” he said on Twitter. Iran would take legal action … [Read more...] about Iran accuses Israel of failed cyber attack
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Rob Price, provided by Published 4:29 pm PDT, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 REUTERS/Charles Platiau Facebook says it removed 652 Pages and accounts on its services that it linked to Iran, as well as numerous Russia-linked accounts involved in inauthentic behavior. The Iran and Russia campaigns were distinct but used similar tactics, Facebook said. The Iran accounts purchased thousands of dollars worth of ads on Facebook and on Instgram, and hosted 25 events. Facebook has removed hundreds of pages and accounts linked to Iran and Russia that it says were involved in coordinated campaigns to conceal their identities on its services, and in some cases to launch cyber attacks. LATEST BUSINESS VIDEOS Now Playing: Now Playing NASA's Panoramic View Of The Universe Captures 15,000 Galaxies Media: GeoBeats It Pays to Be The Boss: U.S. CEOs Made 312 Times More Than Workers in 2017 Study Shows Media: Buzz 60 Trump Mocked For Tweet Claiming Media Members … [Read more...] about Facebook says Iran-backed accounts posed as news groups to spread information and to launch cyber attacks (FB)
Video: What could be the real-world consequences of digital attacks? The increasing sophistication and power of state-backed cyber attacks has led some experts to fear that, sooner or later, by design or by accident, one of these incidents will result in somebody getting killed. It might sound far-fetched, but a former head of the UK's intelligence agency has already warned about the physical threat posed by cyber attacks and the potential damage they could do. "Nation-states are getting more sophisticated and they're getting more brazen. They're getting less worried about being caught and being named -- and of course that's a feature of geopolitics," said Robert Hannigan, who served as director general of GCHQ from 2014 to 2017. "The problem is the risk of miscalculation is huge," he said, speaking at a security conference in London last month. "If you start to tamper with industrial control systems, if you start to tamper with health systems and networks, it feels like it's … [Read more...] about Cyberwar: What happens when a nation-state cyber attack kills?
The cyber threat from nation states. Samantha Lee/Business Insider This map shows the biggest cybersecurity threats to the US, as laid out by a senior FBI agent. Aristedes Mahairas, who runs the New York FBI’s cyber division, told Business Insider that cyber attacks have grown significantly and are a "cheap and deniable means to a worrisome end." He talked through the different threats from Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea, including Kremlin interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Mahairas said diplomacy does not deter cyber criminals: "What they're looking for is information, access, and advantage." Business Insider spoke to Aristedes Mahairas, a special agent in charge of the New York FBI’s Special Operations/Cyber Division, about the cybersecurity landscape in America. He said the US is always alive to threats from cyber criminals, cyber terrorists, and renegade hacktivists, but nation states are at the "very top" of the threat list. … [Read more...] about An FBI agent mapped out the countries capable of unleashing a crippling cyber attack on the US
Iran is “likely” to launch cyber attacks on Western businesses “within months” in retaliation for the US pulling out of the nuclear deal, security experts have warned. The businesses at greatest risk are banks and financial services, critical infrastructure providers and energy companies along with government departments. These are the same targets that felt the brunt of Iranian hacking in 2012 and 2014. Researchers at global cyber security company Recorded Future issued the warning after receiving intelligence from a former Iranian state hacker, who claimed there were over 50 contractors vying for work on the government-sponsored cyber offensive. Iran’s cyber programme is known to have existed... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week … [Read more...] about Cyber attack warning for firms as Iran plots revenge