Iranian-backed hackers target veteran job seekers, report says

Julia LeDoux
October 02, 2019 - 1:53 pm

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Veterans seeking a civilian job, beware.

A fake hiring site has been created by a group of Iranian-backed hackers known as Tortoiseshell that looks similar to “the legitimate service from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,” according to San Jose, Calif. threat detection and protection service, Cisco Talos.

The fake site, known as Hire Military Heroes, prompts users to download an app that is actually a malware decoder that can deploy malicious spying tools and other malware on your device. 

“The purpose is to collect a lot of information on the victim's  machine,” said Cisco Talos researchers Warren Mercer, Paul Rascagneres, and Jungsoo An.

The researchers also worried that unsuspecting social media users would spread the fake site's web address.

“This particular attack vector has the potential to allow a large swath of people to become victims of the attack,” the Talos researchers said. 

Your best offense against the hackers: avoid the fake site and make sure your computer has up-to-date anti-virus protection, the researchers said.

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