Assad regime agents pretend to be girls online, hack Syrian rebels
A new study by the intelligence-gathering division of FireEye says that pro-Assad hackers stole large caches of critical documents revealing the Syrian opposition's strategy through low-tech cyberespionage. By implementing low-tech hacking strategies of yore - posing as young women online and sharing letters, books, and images - the Assad regime was able to drain contact lists and operations of the rebel insurgents.
FireEye's reports show advancements in Syrian cybervandalism compared to the acts conducted by the Syrian Electronic Army, which the United States suspects is Iranian, who conducted denial-of-service strikes against targets in the United States, including the New York Times.
These tactics stand in stark contrast to the high-tech cyberattacks done by the United States against Syria. A National Security Agency document, published recently by Der Spiegel, details how shipments of "computer network devices" being delivered to targets abroad would be intercepted by NSA officials and fixed with "beacon implants" in the circuitry, enabling American officials to figure out what calls were being made and from where.