An Iranian flag is carried around the Azadi (Freedom) monument tower during the annual rally commemorating Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution in Tehran on Feb. 11, 2024. (Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)

Iranian hackers impersonate journalists in social engineering campaign 

Members of a notorious Iranian hacking crew are using false personas to steal credentials and access victim cloud environments, per a new Mandiant report.
From left, Mandiant’s Jurgen Kutscher, Kevin Mandia and Sandra Joyce participate in a panel discussion at the Google Cloud’s Next technology conference in Las Vegas on April 9, 2024. (Scoop News Group photo)

What keeps CISOs up at night? Mandiant leaders share top cyber concerns

A trio of top brass for Mandiant shared the emerging advanced tactics, techniques and procedures that they see troubling cyber professionals.
A cosplayer dressed as the Star Wars character Darth Vader holds a mobile phone displaying a government alert issued to all smartphones to test a system used to warn of life-threatening emergencies at the Scarborough Sci-Fi Convention in Scarborough north-east England on April 23, 2023. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Spyware and zero-day exploits increasingly go hand-in-hand, researchers find

Researchers found 97 zero-days exploited in the wild in 2023; nearly two thirds of mobile and browser flaws were used by spyware firms.
People form a peace sign with candles ahead of a rally marking the eve of the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in front of the Reichstag, the building housing the Bundestag (German lower house of parliament) in Berlin on Feb. 23, 2024. (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)

German political party targeted by SVR-linked group in spearphishing campaign, Mandiant says

The group may have been seeking insights on shifting European sentiments on Ukraine, threat analysts suggest.
This picture taken from Rafah shows smoke billowing following Israeli bombardments over Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on February 13, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas militant group. (Photo by SAID KHATIB / AFP)

Google: Iranian, regional hacking operations that target Israel remain opportunistic but focused

Objectives from the hacking groups include espionage, information operations or destructive activities, researchers say.