'Mandiant' says the Iranians may be behind the cyber attack in Albania

'Mandiant' says the Iranians may be behind the cyber attack in Albania


 A cyber attack that temporarily shut down many Albanian government digital services and websites in mid-July was likely the work of pro-Iranian hackers aiming to disrupt an Iranian opposition group's conference in Albania, it was announced on Thursday. 'Mandiant', one of the leading American companies dealing with cyber security issues, VOA reports.

In a report, the company expressed a "reasonable belief" that the attackers had acted in support of Tehran's efforts against dissidents, based on several factors: timing, content published on a social media channel used to claim responsibility for the attacks of this nature and similarities to the virus program code that has long been used to target Farsi and Arabic speakers.

The July 23 and 24 conference by the Iranian opposition group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq was canceled after warnings from local authorities of a possible terrorist threat. About 3,000 Iranian dissidents from this group, known mainly as the MEK, live in the Ashraf 3 camp in Manza, 30 kilometers from Albania's capital, Tirana.

The Free Iran World Meeting was to be held at the camp, and among the guests were American lawmakers.

A group calling itself "Homeland Justice" claimed responsibility for the cyberattack, using viruses aimed at extortion for financial gain, but which are increasingly being used for political purposes, particularly by Iran.

The claim by "Homeland Justice" was made on a channel of the Telegram application, in which documents were posted that were supposed to be residence permits in Albania of MEK members, along with footage showing the activation of the virus program. The channel claimed corruption in the Albanian government and used hashtags including #Manzë.

"This event constitutes an active threat to public and private organizations in other NATO member countries," the American company said. "While negotiations over the Iran nuclear deal have stalled, it shows that Iran may be less restrained in carrying out cyber attacks going forward."

A few days ago, the Albanian government said that the hackers' method was identical to last year's attacks in other NATO countries, including Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Iran's mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
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