Stuart Davis, a director at one of FireEye's subsidiaries speaks to journalists about the techniques of Iranian hacking, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Hackers likely linked to Iran's government are behind attacks on Saudi and other Western aerospace and petrochemical firms, signaling a rise in Iranian cyber-spying prowess, U.S. security firm Fireeye said Wednesday.In a separate but related move last week, the U.S. Treasury Department named two Iran-based hacking networks and eight individuals to a U.S. sanctions list, accusing them of taking part in cyber-enabled attacks on the U.S. financial system.Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Fireeye chief executive Kevin Mandia said Iranian cyber-espionage had grown in sophistication since he first spotted Iranians conducting rudimentary attacks on the U.S. State Department in 2008 .Iran has been scaling up its cyber capacities since the United States and Israel carried out a cyberassault on Iran in 2010, now known as the "Stuxnet" worm, aimed at disabling centrifuges in its nuclear program, the Fireeye CEO noted.Mandia said Iranian cybertactics operated according to different rules depending on whether it targeted Saudi Arabia, its regional arch-enemy and theological rival, or the U.S.
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