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Meta disrupts government-run cyber espionage network in Azerbaijan

panarmenian.net04/8th/2022, 10:42

Meta disrupts government-run cyber espionage network in Azerbaijan

April 8, 2022 - 14:36 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - Meta said it disrupted a complex government-run network in Azerbaijan that was involved in both cyber espionage and coordinated inauthentic behavior. Armenia was targeted too.

The campaigns targeted primarily targeted people from Azerbaijan, including democracy activists, opposition, journalists, and government critics abroad.

"This campaign was prolific but low in sophistication, and was run by the Azeri Ministry of Internal Affairs. It combined a range of tactics — from phishing, social engineering, and hacking to coordinated inauthentic behavior," Meta said in its latest Adversarial Threat Report.

"This group operated across the internet, with over 70 websites and domains that they either ran themselves or compromised. They targeted sites in Azerbaijan and, to a lesser extent, Armenia; a small number of sites had Russian or Turkish domains. Once they compromised these websites, the group harvested databases containing usernames and passwords, likely to further compromise online accounts of their target...

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