Iranian hackers have targeted four Singapore universities in a wave of attacks believed to be part of last month's security breach involving global education institutions. At least 52 accounts were affected across the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore Management University, and Singapore University of Technology and Design, according to a joint statement Tuesday by Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) and Ministry of Education (MOE). The government agencies said they learnt of the breach last week. Government's increasing industry collaboration and research efforts suggest Singapore needs a cybersecurity strategy that goes beyond limiting internet access, as two universities fall prey to APT attacks. Hackers had used phishing attacks to harvest credentials from affected staff members and used these to gain access to the institutes' online libraries and research articles published by the academic staff.
The Justice Department on Friday announced an Iranian man was sanctioned for hacking information on unaired "Game of Thrones" episodes and stealing personal information from HBO employees's accounts. Behzad Mesri was indicted in November after he attempted to extort HBO for $6 million. The stolen content included what appeared to be scripts from five "Game of Thrones" episodes, including an upcoming episode at the time and a month's worth of email from the account of Leslie Cohen, HBO's vice president for film programming. There were also internal documents, including a report of legal claims against the network and job offer letters to top executives. An additional 9 Iranians were arrested in a government-sponsored hacking scheme that pilfered sensitive information from hundreds of universities, private companies and government agencies.
The US government charged on Thursday seven hackers allegedly linked to the Iranian government for a campaign of cyber-attacks targeting 46 financial institutions and a New York dam. It is the first time the United States is charging individuals linked with a foreign government of trying to disrupt critical infrastructure. Those targeted included the New York Stock Exchange, Bank of America, NASDAQ, JPMorgan Chase Wells Fargo and American Express. The seven accused hackers worked for a pair of Iranian computer companies linked to the Iranian government, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, US officials said. They are accused of infecting thousands of people's computers with malware to create a network used to overwhelm servers of major institutions to knock them offline.