Military warns of Iranian hackers targeting American troops with fake jobs website

Military warns of Iranian hackers targeting American troops with fake jobs website

WASHINGTON – U.S. military officials warned troops this week that Iranian hackers have set up a fake jobs website for veterans that targets servicemembers who are considering a transition back to civilian life. A National Guard Bureau memorandum dated Wednesday warns servicemembers to stay away from the website called “Hire Military Heroes,” which appears to offer them assistance finding a job outside the Defense Department via a web application that visitors are encouraged to download. However, the app actually drops malicious malware and spyware into the users’ computer system, according to the document issued by the guard’s Defensive Cyber Operations office. Defense officials have determined the website targets servicemembers close to leaving the military. Officials believe the Iranian hackers hope to gain access to Pentagon information technology systems by targeting those individuals. “They’re targeting active servicemembers looking for jobs with the promise of offering assistance for civilian employment once their service ends,” the memo states. “The hackers are hoping one of their targets would use a DOD system to download and run the malware.” Officials have determined the chances that the group of the hackers, known as Tortoiseshell, successfully gains access to Defense Department systems is unlikely, but nonetheless issued the guidance this week labeling the matter a high risk. The Cisco Talos Intelligence Group, which monitors cyber threats, first warned of the website’s existence last week. The group noted the website’s name was “strikingly close” to that of a legitimate site run by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce aimed at assisting veterans find employment, www.hiringourheroes.org . “Americans are quick to give back and support the veteran population, therefore, this website has a high chance of gaining traction on social media where users could share the link in the hopes of supporting veterans,” Cisco Talos researchers wrote in the […]

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