Hackers linked to the Iranian government
have conducted a long-term cyber espionage operation against government and
industry in Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the
United Arab Emirates, according to FireEye, a cyber security firm, NBC news
n a new report, FireEye says the operation by the group it dubs APT34 is "largely focused on reconnaissance efforts to benefit Iranian nation-state interests and has been operational since at least 2014."
The mostly Middle Eastern targets include government agencies and private industries, including financial, energy, chemical, and telecommunications sectors, the company says.
FireEye bases its assessment that APT34 works on behalf of the Iranian government on clues that include references to Iran, the use of Iranian infrastructure, and targeting that aligns with Iran's interests.
U.S. intelligence officials have long considered Iran to be a highly capable adversary in cyberspace. In 2013, hackers from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps infiltrated the computer controls of a small dam 25 miles north of New York City, according to American officials.