Iranian Hackers Stole Corporate Secrets; 200 Oil, Gas, Manufacturing Firms Targeted


The campaign, which counts oil, gas, and heavy machinery manufacturers among its victims, has been responsible for millions of dollars in lost productivity and data.

Thousands of employees at more than 200 countries have fallen victim to a widespread campaign carried out by Iranian hackers over the last two years.

According to Microsoft, which briefed The Wall Street Journal on the attacks, the incidents have been “destructive… massively destabilizing events” that have resulted in millions of dollars in lost productivity and data to date.

Microsoft is attributing the attacks to APT 33, a group linked to Iran it calls Holmium. keeping with the company’s trend of naming APT groups after chemical elements (it refers to APT 28 as Strontium).

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