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Researchers stumble across Arab-speaking cybercriminal group

A largely unnoticed cyberwar is brewing, and security researchers are finding more Arab-speaking hackers.

Published Wed, Feb 18 2015 5:50 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:09 PM CST

The Operation Arid Viper campaign has successfully stolen more than 1 million files with current malware campaigns underway, though it's not the usual suspects, according to Kaspersky Lab and Trend Micro.

Researchers stumble across Arab-speaking cybercriminal group | TweakTown.com

The Arab-speaking group, with ties to Gaza, have targeted foreign government offices, critical infrastructure, military, universities, and other high-profile targets. The attacks likely occurred starting in mid-2013 and a full investigation into their actions is underway.

"Whoever the real culprits are, it is clear that they are part of the Arab world, evidence of a budding generation of Arab hackers and malware creators intent on taking down their chosen adversaries," researchers said in a study. "Some of the black hats - be they mercenaries or cybersoldiers - are actively targeting countries such as Israel due to political motivations. We have seen all of the ingredients of a cyberskirmish guerrilla war that goes unnoticed by mainstream IT security media."

Cyberespionage campaigns between foreign governments is nothing new, but there are an alarming number of rogue groups - some with suspected government backing - aimed at stealing information which help further their own political efforts.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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