Nine Iranian hackers hit Singapore universities as latest target

Nine Iranian hackers, already accused of hacking 8,000 professors in hundreds of universities across the world, are believed to have stolen 31 terabytes of academic and intellectual data from 52 staff accounts from four Singapore universities, according to The Strait Times.

Late last month, the U.S. announced criminal charges and sanctions for the group, accused of working for the Iranian government.

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The hacking syndicate is accused of links to Mabna Institute, an organization which operated a phishing campaign from 2013 to 2017 targeting 100,000 universities around the world and retrieving data from various disciplines, reported The Strait Times.

CNN reported that although no personal data was stolen, academic research would benefit Iranian governmental departments, specifically the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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According to that same report, the group also broke into the email inboxes of workers at the U.S. government and nongovernmental agencies, such as the Department of Labor, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the United Nations. It is unlikely that citizens of foreign nations without extradition treaties with the United States will stand trial for the alleged crimes.

In November, another Iranian was charged for a separate hacking of cable network HBO that leaked unaired shows and scripts for Game of Thrones.

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