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Microsoft disrupts Iran-linked hackers targeting organizations in Israel


Microsoft said on Thursday that it has successfully “identified and disabled” a previously unreported Lebanon-based hacking group that it believes is working with Iranian intelligence. 
The hacking group, tracked by the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) as “Polonium,” targeted or compromised more than 20 organizations based in Israel and one intergovernmental organization with operations in Lebanon over the past three months, with a focus on critical manufacturing, IT, and Israel’s defense industry. In one case a cloud services provider “was used to target a downstream aviation company and law firm in a supply chain attack,” Microsoft said in a blog post.
It added that Polonium operators have also targeted multiple victims compromised by the MuddyWater APT group, tracked by Microsoft as Mercury, which U.S. Cyber Co …

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