Exclusive: Iran-linked hackers recently targeted coronavirus drugmaker Gilead – sources (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Iran-linked hackers recently targeted coronavirus drugmaker Gilead – sources. “Hackers linked to Iran have targeted staff at U.S. drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc in recent weeks, according to publicly-available web archives reviewed by Reuters and three cybersecurity researchers, as the company races to deploy a treatment for the COVID-19 virus.”

Exclusive: Iran hunts for grains as coronavirus compounds economic woes (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Iran hunts for grains as coronavirus compounds economic woes. “Iran is scrambling to buy millions of tonnes of wheat, corn and soybeans to shore up its reserves, Iranian officials and traders said, despite President Hassan Rouhani’s assertions that the coronavirus would not endanger food supplies to the Middle Eastern country worst hit by the pandemic.”

State report: Russian, Chinese and Iranian disinformation narratives echo one another (Politico)

Politico: State report: Russian, Chinese and Iranian disinformation narratives echo one another. “China, Iran and Russia are using the coronavirus crisis to launch a propaganda and disinformation onslaught against the United States, the State Department warns in a new report. The three governments are pushing a host of matching messages: that the novel coronavirus is an American bioweapon, that the U.S. is scoring political points off the crisis, that the virus didn’t come from China, that U.S. troops spread it, that America’s sanctions are killing Iranians, that China’s response was great while the U.S.’ was negligent, that all three governments are managing the crisis well, and that the U.S. economy can’t bear the toll of the virus.”

Exclusive: Hackers linked to Iran target WHO staff emails during coronavirus – sources (Reuters)

Reuters: Exclusive: Hackers linked to Iran target WHO staff emails during coronavirus – sources. “Hackers working in the interests of the Iranian government have attempted to break into the personal email accounts of staff at the World Health Organization during the coronavirus outbreak, four people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.”

Radio Farda: Exclusive Report Shows Higher Coronavirus Infection, Death Rates In Iran

Radio Farda: Exclusive Report Shows Higher Coronavirus Infection, Death Rates In Iran. “An exclusive report by Radio Farda puts the number of those who have been hospitalized with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in Iran at over 70,000 people, will over the official figure of positive cases. The report which sums up the figures released by local officials and the Health Ministry in Tehran as well as media reports says 70,108 patients with clinical symptoms of COVID-19 have been hospitalized in Iran’s 31 provinces, while as many as 4,762 people have died as of March 31.”

Tech Times: Social Media Misinformation That Led to 300 Deaths in Iran Claimed That Drinking Methanol was a Cure for COVID-19

Tech Times: Social Media Misinformation That Led to 300 Deaths in Iran Claimed That Drinking Methanol was a Cure for COVID-19. “300 Iranians have died and at least 1,000 became sick from poisoning after drinking methanol. This was because of misinformation being passed around saying that it was a cure for the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.”

ZDNet: Spying concerns raised over Iran’s official COVID-19 detection app

ZDNet: Spying concerns raised over Iran’s official COVID-19 detection app . “Google has removed today an Android app from the official Play Store that was developed by the Iranian government to test and keep track of COVID-19 (coronavirus) infections. Before being removed from the Play Store, controversy surrounded the app, and several users accused the Iranian government of using the COVID-19 scare to trick citizens into installing the app and then collecting phone numbers and real-time geo-location data.”

CNN: Facebook removes accounts run from Iran targeting Americans

CNN: Facebook removes accounts run from Iran targeting Americans. “Facebook (FB) announced Wednesday morning that it had removed a small network of fake social media accounts it said were run from Iran and were posting about US politics. Twitter also said it removed accounts from Iran, but said its investigations were ongoing and provided few details.”

TechCrunch: Senators attempt to force Twitter to ban Iranian leadership

TechCrunch: Senators attempt to force Twitter to ban Iranian leadership. “Four Senators, including Ted Cruz (R-TX), have asserted that, as a consequence of sanctions placed on Iran, Twitter must cease providing its services to Ayatollah Khamenei and other leaders in the country. ‘The Ayatollah enjoys zero protection from the United States Bill of Rights,’ he wrote in a letter to the company.”

Exclusive: This site pays Americans to write ‘news’ articles. Signs indicate it originates in Iran (CNN)

CNN: Exclusive: This site pays Americans to write ‘news’ articles. Signs indicate it originates in Iran. “American Herald Tribune bills itself as a ‘genuinely independent online media outlet.’ Set up in 2015, it publishes in English and pays Americans to write articles. But multiple investigations by American tech companies, details of which have not previously been reported, point to the site originating in Iran.”

Web Informant: A field guide to Iran’s hacking groups

Web Informant: A field guide to Iran’s hacking groups. “Iran has been in the news alot lately. And there have been some excellent analyses of the various hacking groups that are sponsored by the Iranian state government. Most of us know that Iran has hacked numerous businesses over the years, including numerous banks, the Bowman Dam in New York in 2013, the Las Vegas Sands hotel in 2014, various universities and government agencies and even UNICEF. When you review all the data, you begin to see the extent of its activities.”

Wired: Iran Tensions Increase Social Media Surveillance at the US Border

Wired: Iran Tensions Increase Social Media Surveillance at the US Border. “Just days after the United States assassinated Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, US Customs and Border Protection reportedly detained more than 60 Iranian Americans and Iranians, including children, at the US–Canada border. Multiple sources present claim that while some of those detained were held, in certain cases for up to 10 hours, CBP confiscated some of their phones, ordered them to hand over their social media passwords, and questioned them about their political views and social media activity.”

CNN: Hacking attempts originating in Iran nearly triple following Soleimani strike, researchers say

CNN: Hacking attempts originating in Iran nearly triple following Soleimani strike, researchers say. “Hackers looking to breach US computer networks sharply intensified their efforts following the death of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani, but have had limited success, according to internet security researchers and state government officials. Soon after the strike that killed Soleimani, Iran-based attempts to hack federal, state and local government websites jumped 50% — and then continued to accelerate, said network security company Cloudflare.”

Poynter: How to use your phone to spot fake images surrounding the U.S.-Iran conflict

Poynter: How to use your phone to spot fake images surrounding the U.S.-Iran conflict. “Military conflicts — like the one that is sparking between the United States and Iran — are usually surrounded by false images and outdated videos that go viral on social media. It happened in Turkey the other day. To avoid that misinformation scenario, the International Fact-Checking Network developed a step-by-step guide to teach citizens how to verify images, from asking simple and rhetorical questions to using reverse image search on cell phones.”

Ars Technica: Unpatched US government website gets pwned by pro-Iran script kiddie

Ars Technica: Unpatched US government website gets pwned by pro-Iran script kiddie. “The FDLP website is no stranger to defacement attacks. As a brief analysis of the attack by a security researcher with the Twitter username @sshell_ noted, the site has been defaced twice in the last 10 years—most recently in 2014, when it was replaced with an electronic dance music video featuring a dancing cat. Based on a fingerprint of the site’s files, the site—based on the Joomla content management system—had not had its code updated since 2012.” 2012???!!!