Iranian Cyber Hacking Group Targets Korean Air

luvsmiling, Dec. 4, 2014, 10:09 a.m.

Hackers in Iran are believed to have infiltrated the computer networks of major global energy companies and international airlines.  Media reports Wednesday said U.S. cyber security firm Cylance has discovered an Iranian hacker group calling itself "Cleaver" has hacked into oil, gas, defense and airline companies in China, France, Germany, Korea and the U.S.

A Cylance spokesman said, "We believe that if the operation is left to continue unabated, it is only a matter of time before the team impacts the world’s physical safety."  The firm did not reveal the names of the companies that have been infiltrated, but Reuters quoted unnamed sources as saying they include Korean Air, Qantas, U.S. energy company Calpine, and state-controlled oil companies Saudi Aramco and Petroleos Mexicanos. 

Cylance speculated Iran's close relationship with North Korea may have encouraged the hacking attacks.  Iran was hit by a U.S. cyber-attack in 2011, which crippled its uranium enrichment facilities. Since then, the country has invested heavily into cyber defenses and has nurtured its own hackers.  The Iranian representative to the UN, however, rejected Cylance's accusations as "groundless." 


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