Middle East hackers exposed

A hacking group is running a wide ranging cyber-espionage campaign against targets in the Middle East.

Security firm Vectra Networks says it has identified over 200 samples of malware generated by the group over the last two years. The assaults are not technically sophisticated but nonetheless tricksy in their use of social engineering tactics. The campaign appears to be geared towards intel-gathering rather than money-making or mischief.

Both the tools and targets of the so-called Moonlight group are reminiscent of “Gaza Hacker Team” - a group of attackers that are said to be politically aligned to Hamas, says Vectra. The firm says it worked with providers to sinkhole Moonlight’s command-and-control infrastructure. ®

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