October 17, 2022
The Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) has confirmed that one of its subsidiaries’ email servers was hacked after the ”Black Reward’ hacking group published stolen data online. AEOI says an unauthorized party from a specific foreign country, which is not named, stole emails from the hacked server, which consisted of daily correspondence and technical memos. The agency says it immediately took the necessary preventive measures to mitigate the results of this incident and informed all concerned parties and officials to be prepared for potential exploitation attempts.
The hacker group responsible for the attack calls itself ‘Black Reward’ and has leaked some of the stolen data on their Telegram channel. Black Reward posted a 27GB 14-part collection of RAR archives allegedly containing 85,000 email messages characterized as “perfect for researchers.” The hackers’ message is signed “For women, life, freedom,” giving the email server breach and data leak action the character of hacktivism.