LONDON (AA) – Russian and Iranian hacker groups “continue to successfully” target specific individuals and groups in the UK, Britain’s cyber-security body has warned.
In a statement, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) detailed ongoing activity by specific hacker groups to gather information.
“The Russia-based SEABORGIUM … and Iran-based TA453 … continue to successfully use spear-phishing attacks against targeted organisations and individuals in the UK, and other areas of interest, for information gathering activity,” it said in a statement.
The center mentioned how last year the two groups targeted various sectors included academia, defense, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and think tanks, as well as politicians, journalists and activists.
“The activity is typical of spear-phishing campaigns, where an actor targets a specific individual or group, using information known to be of interest to the targets to engage them,” it added.
Despite similarities in the targeting profiles, the two groups’ spear-phishing attacks are separate acts, added the center.
“They have also created fake social media or networking profiles that impersonate respected experts … and used supposed conference or event invitations, as well as false approaches from journalists.”