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Iranian hacktivists turn to cyber espionage

May 14, 2014

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FireEye has analyzed the actions of Iranian hacktivist group Ajax Security Team. The analysis brought similar results as the recent study by Helwett-Packard, documenting the switch of the group from pro-Iranian hacktivism to full fledged state sponsored cyber espionage. FireEye notes that Ajax ST has performed mostly web defacements till 2012. Later, it has increasingly politicized its actions against Israel and USA and finally switched to cyber espionage in 2014. The actions of Ajax ST include phishing campaigns aimed at U.S. airspace industry, harvesting credentials to web services and spying on Iranians using software to avoid internet censorship.

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