The Russian hacker group Turla disguised itself as Iranians and stole state secrets from multiple countries, authorities from the U.S. and U.K. said Monday. 

“Identifying those responsible for attacks can be very difficult, but the weight of evidence points towards the Turla group being behind this campaign,” Paul Chichester, director of operations at GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre, said in a release. “We want to send a clear message that even when cyber actors seek to mask their identity, our capabilities will ultimately identify them.”

“The joint response from the NCSC and the NSA is clearly meant to send a message to hostile APT groups that they will attribute an attack accurately, even if substantial steps to obfuscate the actor’s origins are taken,” said Richard Gold, head of security engineering at Digital Shadows.

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