UK universities targeted by Iranian hackers in an attempt to steal secrets

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Several British universities have been targeted by a hacking group linked to the Iranian government that sought to obtain passwords to university library systems.

Secureworks, a cybersecurity company, said that it had found evidence of fake websites which appeared to students to be legitimate pages for library access.  However, they instead sought to intercept their passwords

“Universities are attractive targets for threat actors interested in obtaining intellectual property,” a spokesman for Secureworks said. 

“In addition to being more difficult to secure than heavily regulated finance or healthcare organisations, universities are known to develop cutting-edge research and can attract global…

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