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Journalists New Target Of Hackers From Iran, Turkey, China, North Korea: Experts Raise Alarm

There has been a perceptible rise in hacking threats on journalists, especially those in Europe and North America, as hackers from Asian countries try to take control of their social media accounts for misuse, cyber experts have warned.

In the latest tactics used by hackers, the hackers from Iran, Turkey, China and North Korea have claimed to be Twitter employees or journalists as they launch their attack remotely.

The cyber attackers use a modus operandi wherein a message is sent to Twitter users saying that their account has seen a new login in Moscow, Russia. 

Then a link is attached to the message which urges the user to change their passwords. The users who fall in the trap become victims of their accounts being hacked.

In a recent study, it has been noticed that Turkish hackers are targeting journalists in order to take hold of their Twitter account identity. 

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In another instance, Iranian hackers deployed the use of a reporter’s persona for hacking accounts of academicians and policymakers. 

“My name is Amy Duncan and I’m a senior reporter with Metro newspaper,” is one such email that was sent to an academician who specializes in Iran.

“I would be most grateful if I could have an interview with you,” the email would further read.

The hackers then continue their operation by sending follow-up emails and video call meeting links for gaining the trust of the victim. The video call link then redirects to a password harvesting website which yields the victim’s password. 

Other cases have been of hackers attacking the reporters themselves. 

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What Happened After the US’ Capitol Riot?

There have been alarming news regarding Chinese attackers after the Capitol riot in the US in 2021.

US correspondents, policymakers, people involved in politics and reporters were largely sent phishing e-mails by Chinese hackers.

They shifted their base swiftly to reporters covering cyber crime , especially those who talked about China. 

Chinese cyber criminals also targeted employees from big media houses like New York Post and Wall Street Journal.

North Korean hackers have likewise tried hacking Europeans and Americans using fake job listings.

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Behind all these targets there is a motive, that might be using someone’s identity, threatening for other purposes, manipulation, changing public perception, etc.

But one thing is clear between all of this, it has been noted that choosing a reporter to cheat on is the safest for the hackers because it is hard to call the reporters themselves the hackers and thus it becomes very convenient for them.

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Shambhavi Singh
Shambhavi Singh
The writer is a confident speaker with an irresistible affinity for stage and the zest to write. Currently pursuing History Honours from Miranda House, University of Delhi. She is an opinionated bird from the holy city of Varanasi who has been in love with exploring and learning about culture and heritage from the very beginning. She love writing in every niche because the pen and paper are magical.

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