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Iran cyberspies created fake news website: Researchers

Published on May 30, 2014 9:02 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Spies based in Iran created a bogus news organisation used for espionage since 2011 against US and Israeli military targets, security researchers said.

A report released this week by iSight Partners says that more than 2,000 people are or have been targeted in the operation dubbed Newscaster, which uses a "front media outlet" called

The operation appears to be "carried out by Iranian actors, though there is a dearth of information implicating its ultimate sponsor," the report said. It is believed to still be ongoing.

Under the program, spies plagiarised the work of real media outlets "to legitimise their personas as journalists," the report added.

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