[ISN] Iranian Hackers Target U.S. Military Officials With Elaborate Social Media Scam

http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2014/05/iranian-hackers-target-us-military-officials-elaborate-social-media-scam/85417/ By Marina Koren National Journal May 29, 2014 It was the “most elaborate social-engineering campaign” these security researchers had ever seen. A new report from iSight Partners, a Dallas-based computer-security firm, exposed on Thursday a three-year cyberespionage campaign carried out by Iranian hackers. The digital attacks, which infected about 2,000 U.S. personal computers since 2011, targeted members of the U.S. military and Congress, as well as diplomats, lobbyists, and Washington-based journalists. The long-term campaign, dubbed “Newscaster” by the security firm, employed a dozen fake social-media accounts on sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Hackers sent targets links that, when accessed, would unleash malware. They directed people to fake login screens to steal their user names and passwords. They impersonated journalists and defense contractors, and even set up a fake news website to lure victims. All signs pointed to Iran as the source. Nicole Perlroth writes in The New York Times: […]