FBI Warns of Iranian Cyber Firm’s Hack-and-Leak Operations


Previously known as Eeleyanet Gostar and Net Peygard Samavat, Emennet Pasargad is an organization that often changes its name to avoid US sanctions, and which is known for providing cybersecurity services to government entities in Iran.

In November 2020, the US warned that Iranian hackers exploited known vulnerabilities to access voter registration data, and in November 2021 the US Treasury announced sanctions against five Iranians and Emennet Pasargad, the company they worked for.

“According to FBI information, since at least 2020, Emennet targeted entities primarily in Israel with cyber-enabled information operations that included an initial intrusion, theft and subsequent leak of data, followed by amplification through social media and online forums, and in some cases the deployment of destructive encryption malware,” FBI’s alert reads (PDF).