An Internet security firm says sophisticated hackers fooled it into setting up dummy websites to spy on Iranians.
“The Wall Street Journal” reports the Comodo Group issued credentials on March 15th for nine websites it considered authentic. The certificates turned out to be for fake versions of communications websites such as Google’s Gmail, Yahoo’s login page and websites run by Microsoft, Firefox and Skype.
Comodo believes the Iranian government was behind the effort to fool people into logging into the fake sites. Tehran could then conceivably obtain passwords, e-mails and text messages, but Comodo says it’s not sure if the scam worked. Cyber-security experts told the “Journal” Iran’s involvement could mean it’s stepping up electronic monitoring of its citizens.