Iranian attackers hack conference attendees’ emails according to Microsoft

Microsoft has recently revealed that they discovered that Iranian state-sponsored attackers hacked into the emails accounts of a number of high-profile individuals and attendees at the 2020 Munich Security Conference and the Think 20 summit.

It is thought that the attackers successfully targetted more than 100 individuals and Microsoft’s Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) have linked them to the Iranian-backed hacking group tracked by the company as Phosphorus (as known as APT 35, Magic Hound and Charming Kitten).

Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President for Customer Security & Trust at Microsoft, said that “the attacks were successful in compromising several victims, including former ambassadors and other senior policy experts who help shape global agendas and foreign policies in their respective countries.

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