Hackers break into Iran’s atomic energy agency and release information about the country’s nuclear program.
A hacker group called “Black Reward” said it was behind the breach of Iran’s Nuclear Power Production and Development Company’s internal email system and said it would release photos of the country’s nuclear facilities and at least 50GB of data from the country’s atomic energy organization (AEOI).
The group said it supported the ongoing protests in Iran, which were started when 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in the custody of Iran’s morality police on September 16. She had been arrested for allegedly breaking the country’s strict dress code for women.
There are reports that the information released includes internal emails, contracts, and building plans about “management and operation schedules for different parts of the Bushehr power plant” and “atomic development contracts and agreements with domestic and foreign partners.”
The nuclear agency has admitted to the hack, but they have played it down by saying, “These illegal attempts are made out of desperation to get public attention.” The AEOI did not say which country it thinks is responsible for the attack.
In related news, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned last week that an Iranian group called “Emennet Pasargad” was hacking and leaking information from organizations in the US and Israel. Since at least 2020, Emennet has been using cyber-enabled information operations to target businesses and organizations, mostly in Israel. These operations started with an initial intrusion, theft, and leak of data, which was then spread through social media and online forums. In some cases, destructive encryption malware was also used.
Also, US cybersecurity and intelligence agencies put out a joint advisory about the cyber activities of the Daixin Team, a cybercrime group that is actively going after US businesses, mostly in the healthcare sector, with ransomware and data extortion.