Iranian Cybercriminals Intimidate US Officials


The FBI has reported a malicious cyber operation called Enemies of the People, conducted by Iranian hackers against the US federal government, state governments and civilians.


The FBI and the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued the first cyber warnings Enemies of the People in December 2020. Then it was reported that the main site of cybercriminals (enemiesofthepeople.org) was disabled. However, according to a new notice, the campaign has resumed again, and attackers have found new ways to spread their messages.


“Iranian cybercriminals tried to intimidate some officials with direct threats, including images of text messages between the participants (Enemies of the People - ed.) And an unidentified person in the United States, allegedly supporting the operation,” the notice said.


An Iran-linked cybercriminal group sends threatening emails and text messages to US citizens, which may also contain personal information and photographs. In addition, Enemies of the People use social media and other platforms to spread messages about the operation.


The Enemies of the People campaign began after the US presidential election in November 2020 as a way to spark division among citizens and distrust of the voting process. According to a new FBI warning, Iran-linked attackers appear to have resumed their campaign around the day of the storming of the Capitol on January 6 in an attempt to thwart the transition of power from the Trump administration to the Biden administration. According to the FBI, attackers are inciting others, including US citizens, to interfere with the transition of power.


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