Iran-backed hackers targeting activists, journalists, politicians – HRW

Hackers backed by the Iranian government have targeted activists, journalists, researchers, academics, diplomats and politicians working on Middle East issues in a phishing cyber attack, Human Rights Watch announced on Monday.


The investigation, conducted by HRW and Amnesty International’s Security Lab, found that the phishing attack was likely being conducted by a group known as APT42, a group first identified by the Mandiant cyber security company in September.


Two HRW staff members and 18 other individuals are among the victims of the phishing operation.