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Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by dre11(m): 9:07pm On Nov 15, 2021
By Zakariyya Adaramola


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has alerted Nigerians about the existence of a hacking group orchestrating cyber espionage in the African telecoms space.

An Iranian hacking group known as Lyceum (also known as Hexane, Siamesekitten, or Spirlin) has been reported to be targeting telecoms, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Ministries of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Africa with upgraded malware.

NCC in a notice on Monday said information about this cyber-attack is contained in the latest advisory issued by the Nigerian Computer Emergency Response Team (ngCERT).

The ngCERT rated the probability and damage level of the new malware as high, NCC said.

According to the advisory, the hacking group is known to be focused on infiltrating the networks of telecoms companies and ISPs.

Between July and October, 2021, Daily Trust reports that Lyceum was implicated in attacks against ISPs and telecoms organisations in Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia.

The advanced persistent threat (APT) group has been linked to campaigns that hit Middle Eastern oil and gas companies in the past.

Now, the group appears to have expanded its focus to the technology sector.

In addition, the APT is responsible for a campaign against an unnamed African government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

By the attackers’ mode of operation, Lyceum’s initial onslaught vectors include credential stuffing and brute-force attacks, NCC adeed.

” So, once a victim’s system is compromised, the attackers conduct surveillance on specific targets. In that mode, Lyceum will attempt to deploy two different kinds of malware: Shark and Milan (known together as James)”, the Nigerian telecommunications regulator revealed.

It said both malware are backdoors.

It said: “Shark, a 32-bit executable written in C# and .NET, generates a configuration file for domain name system (DNS) tunneling or Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) C2 communications; whereas Milan – a 32-bit Remote Access Trojan (RAT) retrieves data.

“Both are able to communicate with the group’s command-and-control (C2) servers. The APT maintains a C2 server network that connects to the group’s backdoors, consisting of over 20 domains, including six that were previously not associated with the threat actors.”

According to reports, individual accounts at companies of interest are usually targeted, and then once these accounts are breached, they are used as a springboard to launch spear-phishing attacks against high-profile executives in an organization.

The report suggests that not only do these attackers seek out data on subscribers and connected third-party companies, but once compromised, threat actors or their sponsors can also use these industries to surveil individuals of interest.

However, to guard against this kind of threats, the NCC re-echoed ngCERT reports that multiple layers of security in addition to constant network monitoring is required by telecom companies and ISPs alike to stave off potential attacks.

Specifically, telecom consumers and the general public are advised to: ensure the consistent use of firewalls (software, hardware and cloud firewalls) ; enable a Web Application Firewall to help detect and prevent attacks coming from web applications by inspecting HTTP traffic; install up-to-date antivirus programmes to help detect and prevent a wide range of malware, trojans, and viruses, which APT hackers will use to exploit your system.

Other precautions include: Implementing the use of Intrusion Prevention Systems that monitors your network; create a secure sandboxing environment that allows you to open and run untrusted programs or codes without risking harm to your operating system; ensure the use of virtual private network (VPN) to prevent an easy opportunity for APT hackers to gain initial access to your company’s network and enable spam and malware protection for your email applications, and educate your employees on how to identify potentially malicious emails.

https://dailytrust.com/alert-iranian-hackers-targeting-telcos-in-nigeria-ncc-warns

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by Penguin2: 9:09pm On Nov 15, 2021
Be like Iranians want make boys remember them.

E go bloody

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by Charmingrascal(m): 9:15pm On Nov 15, 2021
Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by OssyMalik: 9:16pm On Nov 15, 2021
The list is incomplete without hacking the lifeless one in Aso Rock

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by Earlystar698(m): 9:23pm On Nov 15, 2021
Iran too wan dey oppress ahhhhh

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by JavaScript90: 9:24pm On Nov 15, 2021
Consequences of killing shia Muslims and elzakzaky ordeal. I remember that Iran vowed vengeance on Nigeria. This foolish government is just attracting unnecessary problem to the country. This might even be connected to the rumored money disappearance in uba accounts

sonofElElyon:


Your postulation makes a whole lot of sense

If biden administration goes through with the Iranian nuclear deal, sanctions on iran will be lifted and they will have money to sponsor a proper armed rebellion against Nigeria. Ask the yemen government what the saw with their eyes in the hands of Iranian backed houtti rebels before the Advent of the Trump administration.

Even the Israelis didn't find it easy. Iran is the biggest financial and arms donor to Hamas, Hezbollah, houtti rebels etc. The unguided missiless that Hamas and Hezbollah Iaunches on Israel is produced in Iranian factories

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by NwaNimo1(m): 10:01pm On Nov 15, 2021
Commission some 'yahoo' boys in custody to hack back?

[img]https://c./-f0oW6O9V9AAAAAC/cyberpunk-hacker.gif[/img]

I-Ran go Run.....!

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by Realestatevixen: 10:01pm On Nov 15, 2021
Ok

Do we really even have anything to protect?

Abeg make them hack since nothing ever works right in this country


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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by haconjy(m): 10:01pm On Nov 15, 2021
Why are these people like this?
This is what you see when you have a terrorist leader, terrorist sympathizer, terrorist tribe, terrorist religion, ...

Is there God terrorist?

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by haconjy(m): 10:01pm On Nov 15, 2021
Human...
NCC, You can retaliate now!

Pantami is a professor.

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by Macsjebs: 10:01pm On Nov 15, 2021
Oh wow shocked
Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by olaric(m): 10:02pm On Nov 15, 2021
Pantami boys at it again

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by slawormiir: 10:02pm On Nov 15, 2021
Damnnn niggarrrr
The war have started...let the bombing and keyboarding begin

Penguin2:
Be like Iranians want make boys remember them.

E go bloody
Yes my niggarrrr

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by GeneralPula: 10:02pm On Nov 15, 2021
Iranian hackers, one of the most cruel set of hackers..

No be today dem dey hack companies ISP... Even the likes of USA and UK no dey escape ham..

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by haconjy(m): 10:02pm On Nov 15, 2021
Another rubbish again from Islam

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by xeratech: 10:02pm On Nov 15, 2021
How is this hacking stuff done?
I would like to be a hacker some day

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by Himtulie247: 10:02pm On Nov 15, 2021
angry
Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by AdaNri1(f): 10:02pm On Nov 15, 2021
Iran just doesn’t know how to make friends. Their footprint is littered with enemity

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by LaSenior: 10:02pm On Nov 15, 2021
cheesy
Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by haconjy(m): 10:02pm On Nov 15, 2021
Hum but why? Nigeria?

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by armstrongadeola: 10:02pm On Nov 15, 2021
A
Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by haconjy(m): 10:03pm On Nov 15, 2021
Oo ma se ooo. there was a country.
Nigeria.

All we are saying,
Give us Biafra, Yoruba Nation.

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by Judolisco(m): 10:03pm On Nov 15, 2021
Lol
Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by tasceige(m): 10:03pm On Nov 15, 2021
Alot of companies in Nigerian honestly need to invest in "Information Security"

Just be careful
1) Not to open unwanted mail attachments.
2) Becareful of social engineering scammers
3) Be mindful of copycat domains
4) Educate your workers .

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by NewNg1: 10:03pm On Nov 15, 2021
Lies..NCC doing their best for APC, so that new electoral bill will.not be signed. Giving themselves hypocritical excuses.

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by Picker28: 10:03pm On Nov 15, 2021
grin grin grin grin grin grin
Na there fellow terrorist group them wan hack

I no call name

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by Mkpurumiri: 10:03pm On Nov 15, 2021
Buhari has finally sold this country

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by iLoveYouToo(m): 10:03pm On Nov 15, 2021
We need to wake up

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by aribisala0(m): 10:04pm On Nov 15, 2021
We have people too

they just need mobilization

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by specialmati(m): 10:04pm On Nov 15, 2021
shocked shocked shocked make them not try our boys ooh na them be fraud on its own.

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Re: Iranian Hackers Targeting Telcos In Nigeria, NCC Warns by seyz91(m): 10:05pm On Nov 15, 2021
i wonder oo

naija sef dey do like better country cheesy
Realestatevixen:
Ok

Do we really even have anything to protect?

Abeg make them hack since nothing ever works right in this country

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