Officials linked to Iran Nuclear Deal targeted by the hacker group Charming Kitten
December 13, 2018 | Brainwave Science
Hackers tied to the Iranian government targeted the personal emails of many officials. The officials include U.S. Treasury officials and others who are linked to the Iran nuclear deal.
This is of high importance because the hacking attempts started just as the Trump administration began to reinstate sanctions against the Iranian regime. The hackers used a computer hacking program to dupe users using a technique called Phishing, which is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. The hackers spoofed Gmail security pages in order to defraud the users. The email addresses that were targeted surfaced after the hacking group, known as Charming Kitten, mistakenly left one of its servers open online last month. The link between Charming Kitten and Iran were discovered by investigative agencies based on mistakes that showed it as operating within the country.
Targets of the hacker group also included high-profile defenders, detractors and enforcers of the nuclear deal struck between Washington and Tehran, as well as Arab atomic scientists, Iranian civil society figures and D.C., think tank employees.
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The conventional tools for the investigation of such crimes are ineffective. Since the cyber-criminals invent the latest tools to commit their crimes, so the investigators must also employ new technologies to counter them. Cyber-crime is a threat to organisations and people who use computers connected to the internet. Cybercriminals tend to leave no digital footprints and are really tough to catch. Indeed, a modern tool is required to deal with cyber-crime.
Technology is inseparable from life. Government agencies and private companies also depend on Information Technology (IT) and the internet. If IT infrastructure is threatened then it can seriously affect lives, businesses and the governance. Most developed and developing nations have cyber-crime cells to counter cyber-crime. Yet, it is very difficult to defeat cyber-crime using conventional techniques.
In this case, where the personal emails of persons linked to the Iran nuclear dear have been hacked, conventional interrogation techniques will fail. A technology called iCognative by Brainwave Science can help tremendously in this investigation. The suspects once arrested can be put to the test. iCognative can help find out the extent of the person’s involvement in the crime, the rank in the criminal organisation. Moreover, the structure of the organisation can also be reverse engineered using the brainwave response of the subject.
For the test, a set of stimuli must be input into the iCognative system. This stimulus could be in the form of pictures, words or phrases related to the crime. In this case, for the purpose of stimuli, the investigators can use the identities of the victims, their names and usernames, their Internet addresses, the date and time of separate cyber-attacks, the text of used letters, details of financial transactions, excerpts or screenshots of the emails exchanged between the hackers and the victims. This information will be flashed on a computer screen to suspects while the system collects brain responses to each of those stimuli. As a result of measuring brainwaves, iCognative will determine with 99.9% accuracy the fact of the presence of knowledge about criminal actions and future planning’s in the suspect’s brain.
iCognative by Brainwave Science aims to protect the interests of people through the power of brainwaves. The use of the technology guarantees law enforcement agencies that they have an added insurance and the assurance for safety of their country. iCognative can become a great instrument in the war against cybercrimes and save money, time and efforts of law enforcement agencies.