July 16, 2021 at 02:54PM

■■■■□ Facebook on Thursday disclosed it dismantled a “sophisticated” online cyber espionage campaign conducted by Iranian hackers targeting about 200 military personnel and companies in the defense and aerospace sectors in the U.S., U.K., and Europe using fake online personas on its platform.
The social media giant pinned the attacks to a threat actor known as Tortoiseshell (aka Imperial Kitten) based on the fact that the adversary used similar techniques in past campaigns attributed to the threat group, which was previously known to focus on the information technology industry in Saudi Arabia, suggesting an apparent expansion of malicious activity.