Iranian ‘Greenbug’ hacking group attacks 3 Pakistani telecom companies

The name of the companies are still unknown.

According to an Americal cyber-security firm, Symantec, a group of Iranian hackers targeted and breached data from three telecom firms in Pakistan.

Although the report does not disclose the names of the companies whose security was compromised, it stated that hackers use virtual “tunnels” to stay linked with victims’ machines, hence leaving no trail behind.

The virtual tunnel technique empowers them to access other machines connected to the same network and dig out valuable information.

Jon DiMaggio, a senior cyber threat analyst at Symantec, explained that the Iranian “Greenbug” is capable of repeatedly damaging the telecom network.

As we would close one door, they would attempt to come back from another.

According to Symantec, it is not the first time hackers have targetted a telecom company. In last year alone, 18 different groups linked to numerous governments all over the world have been targetted.

Telecom companies are vulnerable to such cyberattacks because they have valuable information in their databases, says Symantec. To secure the data, large companies such as AT&T and Verizon heavily fund security tools against cyberattacks; however, not all companies have the same resources.

The reports recommended firms to keep their systems up to date with the latest security updates and features. It added that upgradation of the system would automatically eliminate vulnerabilities from the databases of companies.

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