Iranian hackers violate Israeli company Cyberserve

The Iranian hacker group “Black Shadow” announced that it hacked into the servers of the Israeli Internet company “Cyberserve”, quickly shutting them down and threatening to leak data.

Cyberserve is a web hosting company, which means that it provides servers and data storage for other companies in all industries. The data seized by Iranian hackers covers a wide variety of businesses: from the travel reservation company “Pegasus” to the bus company “Dan” and even the Israel Children’s Museum.

“Hello again! We have news for you,” the group said in a Telegram message. “You probably couldn’t connect to many sites today. Cyberserve and its customers were harmed by us,” adding another ominous threat: “You must be asking: what about the data? As always, we have many. If you don’t want to be leaked for us, contact us soon. “

The Black Shadow hackers have yet to leak the treasures of data they claim to have, although the breached websites have been offline since the attack was announced, as the hackers shut down the Cyberserve servers, thereby disabling the sites. your clients’ website.

Responsible for previous attacks against Israeli vehicle insurance company Shirbit and finance company KLS, the Iran-based group demanded bitcoins as ransom and shut down servers when Cyberserve failed to deliver payment. Its December 2020 attack on Shirbit was the largest cyber attack against an Israeli company at the time, and Black Shadow had requested 50 Bitcoins (almost $ 1 million at the time) as a ransom.

A 2020 survey showed that Israeli companies paid more than $ 1 billion to hackers as a ransom in 2020, with the 2021 figure expected to rise.

Israeli cybersecurity experts warn, however, that their motives are not strictly financial; rather, experts warn, Black Shadow are Iranian-backed state agents whose goals are to harm and humiliate Israeli companies. Last year’s attack on Shirbit led to Israeli clients publishing their private files, including clients’ marriage certificates, financial documents, identity card scans, and medical documents. They also threatened to sell the data to Iran if the payment was not met.

Between their constant conflicts and clashes, Israel and Iran have exchanged blows in the cybersecurity space. The Black Shadow attack comes just three days after Iranian gas stations were hit by a cyber attack that paralyzed gas pumps. Israel reportedly hacked Iran’s Shahid Rajaee port in May 2020 as a counterattack for an Iranian cyberattack attempt against Israel’s water supply system the previous month.

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in April 2008, shortly before its centrifuges were destroyed by the Stuxnet virus. Why is responsibility for attacks and participation now assumed with bravado and bravado? (credit: PHOTO BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY OF THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN VIA GETTY IMAGES)

Most notably among cyber warfare incidents, Israel’s “Mossad” intelligence agency was accused of being behind last April’s cyberattack that nearly wiped out Iran’s main uranium enrichment facility. Western sources quoted in Israeli media said the attack, which was initially referred to as an “accident” by Iran, was carried out by Mossad.

It is unclear if Cyberserve plans to pay the desired Black Shadow ransom or how Black Shadow plans to publicly leak the data.

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