26 September 2023

International cyber warning from Canberra

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The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) in Canberra is urging Governments and private organisations alike to be alert to continued Iranian state-sponsored cyber threats.

Issuing its national advice, the ACSC said the malicious cyber activity was conducted by Advanced Persistent Threat actors, assessed to be affiliated with the Iranian Government’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

It said the IRGC was an Iranian Government Agency tasked with defending the Iranian Regime from perceived internal and external threats.

The ACSC warning follows a new joint Cybersecurity Advisory released by the Centre, in collaboration with international cyber security partners.

“The IRCG APT group is actively targeting a broad range of victims, including some Australian organisations,” the ACSC said.

“Australian organisations are encouraged to review the technical advisory and detailed indicators of compromise associated with this APT group’s activities, as well as the recommended mitigations organisations can implement to bolster their cyber defences and protect against these attacks now,” it said.

“Organisations can prepare for and mitigate against potential cyber threats immediately, by patching and updating systems, implementing multi-factor authentication, enforcing backup policies and procedures, along with other vital mitigation.”

The ACSC said the joint Cybersecurity Advisory was the result of an analytic effort among the ACSC, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the National Security Agency, U.S. Cyber Command Cyber National Mission Force, the Department of the Treasury, the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre.

The joint Cybersecurity Advisory can be accessed at this PS News link.

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