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The Iranian hackers may have spent years in running a creative and most dedicated cyber espionage campaign to steal government credentials with the help of Social Media including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube and Blogger.
According to Hacker News a Dallas-based computer-security firm, iSIGHT Partners, has recently exposed a three-year old cyber espionage campaign which they believe to have originated in Iran, targeting a number of military and political leaders in the United States, Israel and other countries by creating false social networking accounts and a fake news website.
The security firm dubbed the cyber espionage operation as ‘Newscaster’, under which the iranian hackers are using more than a dozen social-media accounts of fake personas on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn and targeted at least 2,000 people.
Since 2011, the Iranian hackers group has targeted current and former senior U.S. military officials, including a four-star U.S. Navy admiral, U.S. lawmakers and ambassadors, members of the U.S.-Israeli lobby, diplomats, journalists from Washington D.C., as well as personnel from more than 10 U.S. and Israeli defense contractors, according to the cyber security research firm.