Iranian hackers impersonated academics at London university
The hacking attempt was carried out by a group called Charming Kitten, also known as ‘Phosphorus’ and APT35, which is widely thought by regional experts to carry out intelligence efforts on behalf of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard.
Iran – alongside Russia, China and North Korea – is one of the most potent cyber aggressors facing the United Kingdom and its allies. Lindy Cameron, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, a branch of signals intelligence agency GCHQ, warned last month that Iran was using digital technology to “sabotage and steal” from a range of British organisations.
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