Facebook has unleashed hackers from Iran

(San Francisco) Facebook announced on Thursday that it had detected and blocked the activities of an Iranian-based cyber hacker group targeting security and space personnel in the United States and Europe.


These hackers, known as “turtle shells”, used Facebook to gather information about targets, lure them off the platform, and infect spy devices.

They targeted a limited number of military personnel, defense and aerospace companies, primarily in the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe.

It is difficult for us to know how successful this campaign was, but it had all the hallmarks of a well-funded process.

Facebook Cyberspionage Investigator Mike Diviliansky.

Facebook claims that social networking is one of the biggest cross-platform cyber espionage operations.

Entering the social network is done through various tactics, i.e. using sophisticated pseudo-online characters to communicate with targets and building trust to click malicious links.

The hackers pretended to be recruiters, security company employees and journalists or hotel employees.

On the web, the group has created domain names and sites to impersonate official sites such as the U.S. Department of Labor job search site.

Links with Defenders of the Revolution

The hackers used custom malware that was “unique to their operations”, with Facebook claiming to have indirect links with revolutionary guards in Iran.

They were introduced into victims’ devices and are designed to retrieve information, including work emails or login credentials for social media.

Mr. According to Tiviliansky, some of these codes were created by the Tehran-based technology firm Mahak Rayan Afraz (MRA), which is linked to the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological military of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Facebook has blocked about 200 accounts used to deceive their targets and link to bad sites outside the social network.

Fewer than 200 users fell victim to the maneuver, and they were alerted by Facebook.

The social network said it shared its findings with its partners and officials on the Internet.

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