Iranian regime-linked hackers behind Charlie Hebdo cyberattack, Microsoft says

Computer giant Microsoft claimed on Friday (February 3rd) that a group linked to the Tehran regime was behind a recent cyberattack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdoconducted after a cartoon contest deemed insulting to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

These hackers presented themselves as the “Holy Souls” but it is in fact the Iranian cybersecurity company Emennet Pasargad, which Microsoft calls Neptunium, writes Clint Watts, an official of the American company, in a blog post (in English).

In early January, the “Holy Souls” announced that they had obtained the personal data of more than 200,000 Charlie Hebdo subscribers and customers, and published a sample of them. “Whatever one thinks of the editorial choices of Charlie Hebdo, the publication of personal data of tens of thousands of its customers constitutes a serious threat”, said Microsoft.

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