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Friday, December 05, 2014

Operation Cleaver : IRAN a greater Cyber Threat then US/China????

1.    There has been a series of decisive and significant reveals in past few weeks in the field of Cyber Security. REGIN, APT28, Wirelurker and now comes another important report by the name of Operation Cleaver. The report is available here.Some time about a year back in September 2013,the ping pong blame of cyber attacks between Iran-US were made public vide US carrying out proven credentials of IRAN being part of attack in their Navy room. A screen shot of a report then is seen below :
 2.    Now, a US cyber security firm Cylance says it has evidence to prove that the same team has infiltrated not just the Navy, but also various top companies across the globe within the past two years. This report sheds light on the efforts of a coordinated and determined group working to undermine the security of at least 50 companies across 15 industries in 16 countries.

3.  Iran till date has never been considered quite as much of a serious cyber threat to the US as China and Russia have been in recent years. This could prove to be a mistake vide proofs given in this report.The report indicates that state sponsored cyber groups in Iran can be just as severe or even way ahead in terms of offered danger to few countries. Few key points of interest are mentioned below :
Victims include companies in the oil and gas sector, the energy industry, airports and the transportation sector, government and defence, and the telecommunications and technology industries.

-   Report believes all the revelations are just the tip of the ice berg and damage extends much ahead of contours identified.

-   About 10 of the victims are based in the US and include a major airline, an energy company, a medical university, and an automobile manufacturer.

-   Many of the other firms targeted by the group are based in Middle Eastern countries like Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Cylance also found a significant number of victims in Canada, Germany, England, France, India, Israel, Pakistan, and Turkey.

-  Unlike their Russian and Chinese counterparts, which tend to grab IP and financial data where they can, the Iranian group has mostly avoided stealing such data.

-  The group is scoping networks and conducting reconnaissance as if in preparation for a major assault at some point in the future.

-   Technical capabilities of the Operation Cleaver team rapidly evolve faster than any previously observed Iranian effort.


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