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HBO hacker linked to the Iranian Charming Kitten APT group

A new report published byClearSky linked aman accused by U.S. authorities of hacking into the systems of HBO to the Iranian cyber espionage group Charming Kitten.

Experts from the security firm ClearSky have published a new detailed report on the activities of Charming KittenAPT group, also known as Newscaster and NewsBeef.

TheNewscastergroup made the headlines in 2014when experts atiSightissued areportdescribing the most elaborate net-based spying campaign organized by Iranian hackers using social media.

Iranian Hackers used a network of fake accounts (NEWSCASTER network)on principalsocial mediato spy on US officialsand political staff worldwide, this is reported in ananalysisdone byiSIGHTPartners.TheCharming Kitten group is also known for the abuse of Open Source Security Tools,including the BeEF.

The threat actor targeted numerous entities in Iran, the U.S., Israel, the U.K. and other countries. The hackers also hitindividuals involved in academic research, human rights,...(continued)

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