U.S. accuses Iranian hackers of using a federal network for mining
According to the U.S. cybersecurity agency, Iranian government-sponsored hackers hacked into the U.S. government agency. After the hackers' introduction, they initiated cryptocurrency mining.
The press release states that the attackers gained access to the network in February but that information about the hack did not come out until the summer. The regulator emphasizes that the key motive for the crime has not yet been identified.
After accessing VMware Horizon servers, hackers installed an XMRig miner to mine monero. Now there is no information about the amount of mined cryptocurrency.
After the hack, they installed a Mimikatz application for stealing credentials. In August, there was information from the U.S. Department of Justice. According to it, an assassination attempt was planned by Iran against high-ranking U.S. officials who held positions during the Trump presidency: John Bolton and Mike Pompeo. The payment according to the DOJ, was to be made in cryptocurrency.