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A hacking group with links to Iran has been attempting to compromise thousands of accounts belonging to US electric utilities and oil and gas firms amid rising fears the Iranian Republic is planning a cyber retaliation in the wake of the assassination of major general Qasem Soleimani.
On Thursday, industrial control system security firm Dragos detailed new hacking activity which the company attributed to a group of state-sponsored hackers it calls Magnallium which has been previously linked to the Iranian regime. The same group is also known as APT33, Refined Kitten or Elfin.
The US executed a cyber attack against Iran following the September 14 attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, according to a report.
Speaking anonymously to Reuters, two US officials speaking under anonymity confirmed the secret operation took place in late September and was aimed at stymying Tehran’s propaganda efforts in the wake of the attack.
Iran is known to use a host of websites to spread pro-state messaging in a global propaganda operation that cyber security experts and social media giants are beginning to uncover.
Huawei has accused US authorities of attempting to break into its information systems and of trying to coerce its employees to gather information on the company.
The Chinese tech giant, which faces mounting American pressure including possible loss of access to US technology over accusations the company is a security risk, said in a statement that Washington has used “unscrupulous means” in recent months to disrupt its business.
A US ban on trade with Huawei has been delayed by a further 90 days, the US Commerce Secretary has confirmed.
Wilbur Ross said a temporary licence that eased restrictions on the Chinese technology giant and had been due to expire on Monday has now been extended to November.
Mr Ross told the Fox Business TV channel that the aim of the initial licence and its extension was to give US firms “a little more time to wean themselves off” Huawei products.
The 5 billion dollar fine would be the largest the US Federal Trade Commission has levied on a technology company The US Federal Trade Commission has voted to approve a fine of about 5 billion dollars for Facebook over privacy violations, the Wall Street Journal has reported. Facebook declined to comment on the story which… Read More