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Iran Hacks to Spy
by Brent Kirkpatrick
(Date Published: 1/23/2018.)
The U.S. Department of Justice claims that the hacking carried out by the Mabna Institute was performed on behalf of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. This is one of several large-scale hacking campaigns launched by nations (see Lebanon Hacks to Spy).
The Mabna Institute appears to have launched its three year hacking campaign in 2013. They targeted the email accounts of professors worldwide and appear to have compromised roughly 8000 accounts. They methods included sophisticated phishing techniques.
Since Washington has no extradition treaty with Tehran, the indicted Iranians are likely never to face prosecution. Since they have no opportunity to defend themselves, this has been taken to the court of public opinion. There are articles in many major news outlets: USA Today, Wired, BBC
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