Security firm uncovers long-term Iranian cyber espionage campaign over social media

By Shawn Knight · 4 replies
May 29, 2014
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  1. A group of Iranian hackers have allegedly been using social media to gain intelligence from a number of high-ranking targets around the globe. The campaign, dubbed Newscaster, was uncovered by cyber security firm iSight Partners following an extensive six-month investigation...

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  2. No proof Iran had anything to do with it, but hey, it fortifies our Israel propaganda. This looks more like a scare tactic by the companies that make a living off of detecting these 'cyber' attacks.

    And to top it all off, there's nothing new here, it's just basic social engineering. I would actually suspect this coming more from cultures that are used to social engineering.
  3. How convenient...
  4. Let's face it most people/societies live in some sort of fear based mentality. Instead of working on overcoming fear they attempt to control things. They then take actions based on this: building castles, forts, armies, spying, listening, terrorists, economic control, laws, etc. etc. Control never really works as the only thing you can really control is yourself.

    Fear > Control > Fear > Control (repeat)

    Answer: Love
  5. Actually, castles and forts were required to resist actual attacks, not imaginary. It's not fear, but practical thinking, just like taking umbrella when it rains. Fear is when someone attacks someone "because he was looking at me like he's going to attack". But hey, have you noticed how they always name the nation when making an enemy? "Iranians". "Koreans". "Russians". "Chinese". Always making people hate the whole nation. It's not "Chinese government" or "a Russia-based firm" or "soldier of Korean army" - it's just the nation name. So people will have negative association with the whole nation, and when yet another Oil Crusade rolls out, nobody will mind. "Oh, those Somewherians, they are bad anyway, who cares about them".

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