Largest Cyber Attack Against Iceland Driven by Complex Phishing Scheme

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A brazen phishing campaign took Iceland by surprise the last weekend, sending out malicious emails to thousands of individuals, in an attempt to fool them into installing a powerful remote access tool.

Even if the number of potential victims may seem low, local police say this is the largest cyber attack to hit the country. One must take into consideration that the population of Iceland is around 350,000, with about half of the citizens living in the capital city Reykjavik. By comparison, in 2016 London lived over 8.5 million people.

Attacker uses the homograph trick

The assault started on the evening of Saturday, October 6, with messages that impersonated the Icelandic police. The emails asked the recipients to come in for


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