Attempt to Spear-Phish Government Employees First Detected by … Facebook?

Interesting: a recent attempt to spear-phish US government employees was first detected by… Facebook? “The first warning of the attacks came from Facebook, which alerted some of the affected users that their accounts had been compromised by a state-sponsored attack, The New York Times reports. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard hackers used the access to identify the victims’ contacts and build ‘spear-phishing’ attacks that gave them access to targeted individuals’ e-mail accounts. The attack ‘was very carefully designed and showed the degree to which they understood which of our staff was working on Iran issues now that the nuclear deal is done,’ an unnamed senior US official told the Times.”

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