There's been a lot of news coverage over the past year about state-sponsored hackers from China targeting the U.S. government, contractors and private businesses. But, there's another country that businesses should worry about, too. According to the FBI and cybersecurity professionals, dangerous Iranian hackers are targeting businesses around the world, including in the U.S.
Companies at risk include government defense contractors, educational institutions and energy companies. Security firm Cyclance said it has already identified 50 hacked companies around the globe. It's calling the string of hacks Operation Cleaver. The FBI is saying most of the hacks have come from two IP addresses in Iran.
The FBI hasn't blamed the attacks on the Iranian government, though, but Cylance "believes Iran's government is behind the campaign". Iran is denying any involvement in the hacks.
Iranian hackers were also blamed earlier in the year for an attack on Las Vegas Sands Casino. It's believed the hackers wanted to strike back against CEO Sheldon Adelson who had suggested detonating a nuclear bomb in the Iranian desert.