News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Advertisement
Free Gartner Report:
Drive innovation & collaboration
with the "Everyone's IT" approach.

View the research report
World Wide Web
Gartner's #1 for endpoint backup
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Google Reports Iranian Phishing on Eve of Elections

Google Reports Iranian Phishing on Eve of Elections
By Jennifer LeClaire

Share
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Google Plus

"Attackers often use current events to spread these links; in Iran -- and in virtually every other part of the world -- presidential elections are big news," said security analyst Ken Pickering. "Using this story as a pretense for sharing a malicious link improves the odds an attack will be successful."
 



Google is revealing a near three-week-long battle against phishers coming out of Iran. The technology giant reports it has detected and disrupted multiple e-mail phishing campaigns aimed at compromising the accounts owned by tens of thousands of Iranian users.

"These campaigns, which originate from within Iran, represent a significant jump in the overall volume of phishing activity in the region," said Eric Grosse, vice president of Google's Security Engineering, writing in a blog post. "The timing and targeting of the campaigns suggest that the attacks are politically motivated in connection with the Iranian presidential election on Friday."

Google Warns Phishers

We caught up with Sean Bodmer, chief researcher at security firm CounterTack, to get his take on the phishing activity. He said it isn't new to Iran, and Google has been reporting on it since the third quarter of 2011.

"There are always observable traits and effects in every campaign, incident or attack that infer the possible aggressor, and it would appear that political implications and motives may indeed be one of them in this particular case," Bodmer said.

"However, in all likelihood, Google is simply disclosing news of the campaign's existence as a warning to those behind it, while withholding specifics due to privacy concerns for those that are being targeted."

Tapping Current Events

Ken Pickering, development manager for security intelligence at CORE Security reminded us that phishing is usually only successful if the users actually click on a link.

"Attackers often use current events to spread these links; in Iran -- and in virtually every other part of the world -- presidential elections are big news. Using this story as a pretense for sharing a malicious link improves the odds an attack will be successful," Pickering said.

"Many attackers also rely on hacked e-mails and Twitter accounts. If recipients think they're receiving a link from someone they know and trust, they're more likely to click."

Proceed with Caution

Google's Grosse said the Chrome browser previously helped detect what appears to be the same group using SSL certificates to conduct attacks that targeted users within Iran. In this case, he said, the phishing technique Google detected is more routine: users receive an e-mail containing a link to a Web page that purports to provide a way to perform account maintenance.

"If the user clicks the link, they see a fake Google sign-in page that will steal their username and password," Grosse said. "Protecting our users' accounts is one of our top priorities, so we notify targets of state-sponsored attacks and other suspicious activity, and we take other appropriate actions to limit the impact of these attacks on our users. Especially if you are in Iran, we encourage you to take extra steps to protect your account."

Grosse said watching out for phishing, using a modern browser like Chrome and enabling two-step verification can make Google users "significantly more secure" against these and many other types of attacks. The company also suggested consumers always verify that the URL in the address bar of your browser begins with "https://accounts.google.com/" before typing your Google password. If the Web site's address does not match this text, Grosse warned not to enter your Google password.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Get Powerful App Acceleration with Cisco. In a world where time is money, you need to accelerate the speed at which data moves through your data center. Cisco UCS Invicta delivers powerful, easy-to-manage application acceleration for data-intensive workloads. So you can make decisions faster and outpace the competition. Learn More.


 World Wide Web
1.   Twitter May Remove Pics of Deceased
2.   Google IPO Began Decade of Big Bets
3.   Assange Talks of Leaving Embassy
4.   Russian Hacker To Be Held Until Trial
5.   Online Sites vs. Retailing in India


advertisement
OkCupid Experiments with Daters
Unethical without user consent?
Average Rating:
Twitter May Remove Pics of Deceased
Balancing privacy and public interest.
Average Rating:
Online Retailers Ponder Actual Stores
'Click-and-mortar' shops popping up.
Average Rating:


advertisement
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Researchers Find Malicious Android Apps Can Hack Gmail
A new study shows that a weakness in the Android mobile operating system can be used to steal sensitive, personal info from unwitting users. Gmail proved to be the easiest app to attack; Amazon, the hardest.
 
UPS Stores in 24 States Hit by Data Breach
Big Brown has been breached. UPS said that about 105,000 customer transactions at 51 of its UPS Store locations in 24 states could have been compromised between January and August.
 
Cost of Target Data Breach: $148 Million Plus Loss of Trust
The now infamous Target data breach is still costing the company -- and its shareholders -- plenty. In fact, the retailing giant forecast the December 2013 incident cost shareholders $148 million.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Acer's New Desktop Box Rides the Chrome OS Wave
Filling out its Chrome OS line, Acer is following the introduction of a larger Chromebook line earlier this month with a new tiny $180 desktop Chromebox and also a smaller Chromebook.
 
Feds OK $2.3 Billion IBM-Lenovo x86 Server Deal
IBM and Lenovo are celebrating U.S. approval of their x86-based server deal, having cleared some major security hurdles. The deal makes Lenovo a major player for enterprise data centers.
 
Three New Lenovo PCs Aimed at Business Users
With businesses wanting computing solutions that do more for less money, Lenovo has unveiled three new desktop PCs that it says offer solid computing at a budget-minded price.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Screen Shortage Briefly Puts Brakes on iPhone 6
RAM? Check. Antenna switch? Check. Screen? Oops. Parts suppliers for Apple have found themselves facing a shortage of screens for the new iPhone 6 as next month's release date for the new smartphone looms.
 
Bounty Offered to Coders for Oculus Rift Bugs
Coders who find bugs in software for the Oculus Rift VR immersive headset could receive a reward of at least $500 under Facebook's White Hat bounty program. Facebook acquired Oculus in March.
 
Google Glass Adds Voice Access to Phone Contacts
The latest update to Google Glass will let users access their top 20 phone contacts with voice commands alone. A user can then choose a phone call, Google hangouts, e-mail or text messaging.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.