Iranian hackers threaten the US, Israeli, and EU defense companies

WASHINGTON – Microsoft said Iran-related hackers have been threatening defense companies from the United States, the European Union, and Israel since July. The corporation wrote about this on its website, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

According to Microsoft, cybercriminals are interested in technologies related to drones, satellites, and communication systems. At the same time, the company indicated that most of the attacks were prevented and hackers managed to compromise the passwords of only 20 companies.

Microsoft added that the systems of several cargo companies doing business in the Middle East were also at risk of hacking. The corporation believes Iran is trying to gain access to commercial satellite imagery and supply plans to compensate for the shortcomings of its evolving communications system.

Earlier, Microsoft analysts concluded that Russia is behind 58% of state-supported cyberattacks. The calculations were based on the company’s data on cyberattacks in the world. In 2020-2021, according to Microsoft, the DPRK was in second place in terms of the number of attacks: the share of its cyberattacks increased from about 11% to 23%. The share of cyber attacks related to the PRC decreased from 12% to 8%, but the company noted that the degree of their success reached 44%.

GRU’s 85th main special center

The intelligence services of Britain and the United States claim that a Russian military unit known as “Military Unit 26165” and the 85th major special center of the GRU has caused hundreds of cyberattacks around the world, targeting governments and individuals.

Several government agencies on the island and the ocean support their claims with reports and a joint document released today. These are the US Internal Security Agency, the US Infrastructure and Cyber ​​Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the UK National Cybersecurity Center.

“From the beginning of 2019 to the beginning of 2021 <…> GRU conducted widespread attempts at access against hundreds of public and private targets around the world,” the text reads.

“The malicious activity in the cybersphere of the 85th main special center of the GRU was previously attributed to the private sector, using the names [hacker groups] Fancy Bear, APT28, Strontium and many others,” the document said.

The intelligence services of the two countries claim that such actions are known and according to them, they will continue in the future.

We remind you that at the end of 2020, the Associated Press published an article claiming that Russian hackers were behind the cyberattacks against US federal agencies. The allegations also included then-US President Donald Trump. According to him, these cyberattacks are not as bad as the country’s media claim. He even stressed that the investigation has not yet proven Russia’s involvement.

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