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Check Point experts state that the intrusion into companies was carried out through a mechanism for remotely connecting employees to the corporate network. Will be paid. ” Check Point reported that in at least three cases, hackers did leak information belonging to organizations attacked by the dark web.
Ali Khamenei, Iran’s leader Photo: Reuters
According to a test conducted at Check Point Laboratories, four Israeli victims of Pay2Key decided to pay the ransom, which allowed investigators to track the transfers of funds between Bitcoin wallets. In collaboration with Whitestream, an Israeli intelligence company in the field of blockchain, the researchers followed the sequence of bitcoin transactions carried out by the attackers and found that they all end in an Iranian bitcoin trading arena called Excoino. The follow-up began with the addresses of Bitcoin wallets given to the victims in order to transfer the required ransom to them, continued to an intermediate wallet, and eventually to edge wallets associated with the Iranian Excoino.
Excoino is an Iranian entity that provides secure cryptocurrency transaction services to Iranian citizens only. Registration will require the user to have a valid Iranian phone number Iranian identity card. The stock exchange also requires a copy of the identity card itself in order to be eligible for money transfers. Based on this trajectory, Check Point investigators concluded that the attackers behind Pay2Key were most likely citizens of Iranian descent.
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