Iran-backed hackers linked to espionage campaign targeting journalists and activists
Hackers backed by the Iranian government targeted human rights activists, journalists, diplomats and politicians working in the Middle East during an ongoing social engineering and credential phishing
Iran-backed hackers breached a US federal agency that failed to patch year-old bug
The U.S. government’s cybersecurity agency says hackers backed by the Iranian government compromised a federal agency that failed to patch against Log4Shell, a vulnerability fixed almost a year
As Iran throttles its internet, activists fight to get online
As protesters flooded the streets of Iran in September after the death in custody of Mahsa Amini — a 22-year-old woman who was arrested for not wearing her hijab in accordance with the country’
Meta and Twitter purge web of accounts spreading pro-US propaganda abroad
In the post-2016 U.S. election world, secretive online campaigns designed to influence global politics are nothing new. And while U.S. adversaries like Russia, Iran and China have been linked to gover
China-backed hackers targeted White House journalists before January 6
Researchers at cybersecurity company Proofpoint said they have observed the China-backed advanced persistent threat group, TA412, also known as Zirconium, engaging in several reconnaissance phishing c
Iran to cut electricity to authorized crypto miners
Iran’s relationship with the crypto mining sector is a love-hate one. The government is again restricting crypto mining activity as it tries to ease the strain on the country’s power suppl
Microsoft disrupts Iranian-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. T
US names and shames Venezuelan doctor as notorious ransomware maker
The U.S. has named a Venezuelan cardiologist as the alleged mastermind behind the notorious Thanos ransomware. According to the U.S. Justice Department, Moises Luis Zagala Gonzalez, 55, created and di
OpenPhone raises $40M to replace your work phone and office PBX with an app
Pam answering the phone at Dunder Mifflin became one of the most iconic refrains from “The Office,” and it’s really no wonder that it did: Businesses big and small have long run on c
‘Borderless’ crypto networks wrestle with state sanction compliance
Crypto companies may be choosing to avoid marginalized communities rather than devising strategic ways to include them.
US says Iran-backed hackers are now targeting organizations with ransomware
The U.S. government, along with counterparts in Australia and the U.K., have warned that Iranian state-backed hackers are targeting U.S. organizations in critical infrastructure sectors — in some ca
Internet shutdowns are a political weapon. It’s time to disarm.
Authoritarian governments from 21 countries have deliberately shut down internet service at least 50 times this year, and the problem is only bound to get worse.
China roundup: Meng Wanzhou’s release and Huawei’s future
Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. On Friday, Huawei’s c
Dear Sophie: Is it possible to expand our startup in the US?
I launched a startup in Iran, and I’m happy to say it’s thriving. I'd like to expand in California. Now that Biden has eliminated the Muslim ban, is it possible? Is the pandemic still a problem?
US cuts trade ties to Myanmar, leaving internet access uncertain
The U.S. government has cut trade ties to Myanmar, two months after the country’s military staged a coup overthrowing the country’s president and also its de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi
Coronavirus, election results, Kobe Bryant and Zoom among Google’s top 2020 search trends in US and world
The coronavirus outbreak, elections and Zoom meetings were on the minds of U.S. consumers this year, according to Google’s list of the U.S. top trending searches in 2020, released this morning.
Will Brazil’s Roaring 20s see the rise of early-stage startups?
The capital market boom might be temporary, but the emergence of a new economy in Brazil supported by new local investors and new players is a trend that has been building up for some time
Dear Sophie: What does Biden’s win mean for tech immigration?
Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entr
Microsoft says Iranian hackers targeted ‘high profile’ conference attendees
Microsoft says hackers backed by the Iranian government targeted over 100 high-profile potential attendees of two international security and policy conferences. The group, known as Phosphorus (or APT
Decrypted: How Twitter was hacked, GitHub DMCA backfires
One week to the U.S. presidential election and things are getting spicy. It’s not just the rhetoric — hackers are actively working to disrupt the election, officials have said, and last week t