According to a new report by cybersecurity firm Secureworks, universities in the United States and around the world were targeted by a group of hackers linked to the Iranian government throughout this past month. Nine individuals living in Iran—some of which are the same hackers that were indicted by the Justice Department in March—are said to have broke into the computer systems of "144 U.S. universities, 176 universities across 21 foreign countries, 47 domestic and foreign private sector companies, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the State of Hawaii, the State of Indiana, the United Nations, and the United Nations Children's Fund" in order to steal intellectual property.
Iran has some of the most skilled hackers in the world on par with those from China and Russia, as stated in Newsweek. Cybersecurity and privacy attorney Adam Bookbinder told the publication that the Iranians "are increasing in their technological sophistication, and they are good at getting nongovernmental hackers to do what the government wants them to do."
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