EU Agency Says Iran Likely to Step Up Cyber Espionage

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is likely to expand its cyber activities as its relations with Western powers worsen, the European Union digital security agency said on Monday.

Iranian hackers are behind several cyber attacks and online disinformation campaigns in recent years as the country tries to strengthen its clout in the Middle East and beyond, a Tech News Special Report published in November found.

This month the European Union imposed its first sanctions on Iran since world powers agreed a 2015 nuclear deal with Teheran, in a reaction to Iran’s ballistic missile tests and assassination plots on European soil.

“Newly imposed sanctions on Iran are likely to push the country to intensify state-sponsored cyber threat activities in pursuit of its geopolitical and strategic objectives at a regional level,” the European Union for Network and Information Security (ENISA) said in a report.

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