BGP attacks hijack Telegram traffic in Iran

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Researchers have uncovered a string of campaigns against Telegram and Instagram users including the hijack of traffic through the BGP protocol.

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The threat actors behind the attacks — whether state-sponsored or otherwise — are focusing exclusively on citizens of Iran that use either the encrypted messaging app or image-sharing service.

According to the Cisco Talos cybersecurity team, the campaigns have been active since 2017 and are ongoing against roughly 40 million Telegram users in the country — despite the app being banned in Iran — at the least.

In a blog post on Monday, the researchers said Iranian users have been targeted through fake login pages, malicious apps designed to appear like their legitimate counterparts,


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