This is the first time, according to a command spokesperson, that the US government has explicitly linked the Iranian intelligence ministry to a prolific spy group known as MuddyWater that has attempted in recent years to siphon off data from the military. telecommunications companies and other organizations across the Middle East.
A spokesperson for the Iranian mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“Iran has several teams that conduct cyber espionage, cyberattack and intelligence operations,” said Sarah Jones, senior senior analyst at cybersecurity firm Mandiant. “The security services that sponsor these actors, the VEVAK and the IRGC, use them to get a head start on Iran’s adversaries and competitors around the world.
The group has also attempted to rape organizations in North America, but there is less publicly available information about these hacks.