The Mabna Institute, an Iranian firm whose members were indicted last year for cyberattacks against U.S. universities and other organizations, appears to have launched a new global phishing operation targeting the education sector last July and August.

This past's summer campaign follows the same basic m.o. as previous attacks that the same threat group has launched, according to a blog post yesterday by the Secureworks Counter Threat Unit Research Team, which refers to the malicious actor as Cobalt Dickens (aka Silent Librarian). In an attempt to steal university employees' credentials, the attackers sent their targets phishing emails that impersonated library services.

"Your access to your library account is expiring soon due to inactivity. To continue to have access to the library services, you must reactivate your account," read one sample phishing email, as shown in Secureworks' blog post.

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