Bloomberg Law
Jan. 27, 2022, 6:50 PM

Iranians Behind Proud Boys Ruse Pose Wider Threat, FBI Says

Jack Gillum

Iranian hackers who masqueraded as members of the right-wing group Proud Boys during the 2020 U.S. presidential election have expanded their efforts, broadening their cyberattacks against a wide swatch of business sectors and spreading propaganda critical of Saudi Arabia, the FBI said Wednesday.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s notification to private businesses said the group, known as Emennet Pasargad, conducted “traditional cyber exploitation activity” since 2018 that has targeted news, shipping, travel, oil, financial and telecommunications companies. Those include firms in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. In late 2018, for instance, the group masqueraded as the “Yemen Cyber ...