Cybersecurity Group Uncovers Hacker-for-Hire Operation

Cybersecurity Group Uncovers Hacker-for-Hire Operation

Yesterday, cybersecurity watchdog Citizen Lab dropped a report filled with the kind of business espionage drama you’d expect from a Billions season finale.  The findings: A hacker-for-hire group called “Dark Basin” carried out phishing campaigns against thousands of individuals and institutions—from hedge funds to journalists.  Phishing = personalized emails that resemble messages from colleagues, relatives,

Yesterday, cybersecurity watchdog Citizen Lab dropped a report filled with the kind of business espionage drama you’d expect from a Billions season finale. 

The findings: A hacker-for-hire group called “Dark Basin” carried out phishing campaigns against thousands of individuals and institutions—from hedge funds to journalists. 

  • Phishing = personalized emails that resemble messages from colleagues, relatives, well-known websites, or other sources a target trusts.  
  • Several environmental groups that campaigned against ExxonMobil, including Greenpeace and the Rockefeller Family Fund, were targeted.

Citizen Lab says it’s “one of the largest spy-for-hire operations ever exposed.” 

Who are the hackers? The report linked Dark Basin to Indian firm BellTroX InfoTech. The company’s boss was charged in a 2015 U.S. hacking case and later declared a fugitive. Sources told Reuters U.S. law enforcement is looking into the firm’s hacking activities, which involved tens of thousands of messages from 2013–2020.

Bottom line: Send your business rivals a basket of muffins every now and then to keep tensions in check.

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