FBI, CISA, Cyber Command take aim at cyber-espionage by Iran's MuddyWater group

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Feb 24, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

U.S. and U.K. government agencies called out Iranian government-affiliated hackers Thursday, accusing them of being behind cyber-espionage targeting the defense, local government, oil and natural gas and telecommunications sectors across the globe.

The joint alert points a finger at MuddyWater, which the U.S. government for the first time last month attributed directly to Tehran. In the latest warning, the government agencies said that they have observed MuddyWater on the move in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America since 2018.

“MuddyWater actors are positioned both to provide stolen data and accesses to the Iranian government and to share these with other malicious cyber actors,” reads the alert.

The bulletin is the joint work of the the FBI, Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the U.S. Cyber Command Cyber National Mission Force and the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre.

MuddyWater has a long history of allegedly spying on primarily Middle East targets, but the two U.S. alerts — one of which, Thursday’s, arrived as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is preoccupying government officials — indicate an increased focus from the government, given the group’s potential wider reach.

Even as

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