Iran Cyber Threat Update

By and on Jan 08, 2020

Recent political tensions in the Middle East region have led to significant speculation of increased cyber-related activities. McAfee is on a heightened state of alert to monitor the evolving threats and rapidly implement coverage across all McAfee products as intelligence becomes available. Known campaigns associated with the threat actors from this region were integrated into our products and we continue to monitor our global telemetry for any further activity.

Current activity

We are observing activity that claim to be attributed from threat actors from this region, however, distinguishing attribution between cybercrime and nation state will be crucial since the line will likely blur. For example, typical cybercrime activities such as ransomware, or indeed defacements or DDoS, could well be a mask for nation-state activities.

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Christiaan Beek

Christiaan Beek is the Lead Scientist & Sr. Principal Engineer of the Enterprise Office of the CTO. He is leading the strategic threat intelligence research with a focus on inventing new technology, research techniques and models. Visionary and serving leadership is at the core of his day-to-day job, getting the best out of people and ...

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Raj Samani

Raj Samani is Chief Scientist and Fellow for the Enterprise business. He has assisted multiple law enforcement agencies in cybercrime cases and is a special advisor to the European Cybercrime Centre in The Hague. Samani has been recognized for his contribution to the computer security industry through numerous awards, including the Infosecurity Europe hall of ...

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