State hacking operation used commercial software to compromise targets

Criminals used commercial software to conduct cyberespionage against targets in Israel and Europe, according to reports.

Published Sun, Dec 28 2014 3:15 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:11 PM CST

Military targets in Europe and Israel have been hit by cyberespionage attacks that could have been aided by commercial security-testing software released by Core Security, according to a report from the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). Israeli officials are unsure who launched the attack, but Iran is on the short list of suspects - as the Iranian government routinely tries to conduct surveillance and steal information from Israel.

State hacking operation used commercial software to compromise targets |

"The most likely answer is they didn't have the capability to do it on their own," said Tilmann Werner, CrowdStrike analyst, in a statement, also adding "there is no risk of leaving tool-marks."

Cybercriminals trying to compromise government and military departments, corporations, and other major targets are greatly improving their attack capabilities. Iran has invested a large amount of resources in developing internal cyberespionage efforts, with Israel a popular target for new attacks.

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