Iranian firm accused of hacking into hundreds of universities

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Hacker arms typing on keyboardThe US justice department has accused an Iranian company and 10 individuals of carrying out cyberattacks, many of which were aimed at universities around the world.

The Mabna Institute was set up in 2013, and prosecutors in the US believe that it was established to help Iranian organisations get their hands on valuable information.

The organisation stands accused of carrying out cyberattacks on some 320 universities worldwide, as well as numerous companies and various sections of the US government.

According to the justice department, the Mabna institute targeted the email accounts of over 100,000 academics worldwide and were successful in comprising around 8,000 of them.

Authorities in the US have described this as one most substantial state-sponsored hacking attacks to be prosecuted to date.

Read more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43519437?

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