Protests in Iran, which started with the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after being detained on the grounds that she did not comply with the headscarf rules, continue at the Iranian consulate on October 31, 2022 in ─░stanbul, Turkey. (Omer Kuscu/ dia images via Getty Images)

Iran-linked hackers used fake Atlantic Council-affiliated persona to target human rights researchers

A persona dubbed Sara Shokouhi recycled photos of a Russian psychologist and tarot card reader to pose as a Middle East-focused researcher
Iranians lift pictures of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during an anti-France rally, in reaction to cartoons depicting Khamenei published by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, after the Friday prayer ceremony in the capital Tehran on January 13, 2023. (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

Sanctioned Iranian hackers behind Charlie Hebdo breach, Microsoft says

U.S. officials sanctioned members of the hacking group after they attempted to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Researchers at the cybersecurity firm Proofpoint attributed a cyberattack on a “close affiliate” of former National Security Adviser John Bolton, seen here in Washington in August 2022, to an Iranian hacking group known as TA453. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Iranian hacking group expands focus to US politicians, critical infrastructure, researchers find

The group known as TA453 has added "outlier" attacks to its portfolio over the past two years, seemingly in concert with Iranian hardliners.
Demonstrators hold placards with the faces of Iranian women Nika Shahkarami and Masha Amini and the words “Woman Life Freedom” written during a rally in support of Iranian protests, in Paris on October 9, 2022, following the death of Iranian woman Mahsa Amini in Iran. (Photo by JULIEN DE ROSA/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. sanctions two Iranian cyber operatives over crackdowns on Mahsa Amini protests

The pair started a cyber training academy that supports Iranian intelligence in the brutal response to protests, the U.S. government said.