Russian cyberattack unit ‘masqueraded’ as Iranian hackers, UK says

Helen Warrell in London and Henry Foy report:

A Russian cyber espionage unit has hacked Iranian hackers to lead attacks in more than 35 countries, a joint UK and US investigation has revealed. The so-called Turla group, which has been linked with Russian intelligence, allegedly hijacked the tools of Oilrig, a group widely linked to the Iranian government, according to a two-year probe by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre in collaboration with the US’ National Security Agency.

Read more on FT and then think some more about the risks of attribution — particularly when we think about “hackback” or retaliation for cyberattacks that we may have mistakenly attributed.

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