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aka: ITSecTeam, Threat Group 2889, TG-2889, Ghambar

While tracking a suspected Iran-based threat group known as Threat Group-2889[1] (TG-2889), Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU) researchers uncovered a network of fake LinkedIn profiles. These convincing profiles form a self-referenced network of seemingly established LinkedIn users. CTU researchers assess with high confidence the purpose of this network is to target potential victims through social engineering. Most of the legitimate LinkedIn accounts associated with the fake accounts belong to individuals in the Middle East, and CTU researchers assess with medium confidence that these individuals are likely targets of TG-2889. One of the threat actors responsible for the denial of service attacks against U.S in 2012–2013. Three individuals associated with the group—believed to be have been working on behalf of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps—were indicted by the Justice Department in 2016.

Associated Families

There are currently no families associated with this actor.

2019Council on Foreign RelationsCyber Operations Tracker
@online{tracker:2019:itsecteam:4335891, author = {Cyber Operations Tracker}, title = {{ITSecTeam}}, date = {2019}, organization = {Council on Foreign Relations}, url = {}, language = {English}, urldate = {2019-12-20} } ITSecTeam
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2015-10-07SecureworksCTU Research Team
@online{team:20151007:hacker:d7748e6, author = {CTU Research Team}, title = {{Hacker Group Creates Network of Fake LinkedIn Profiles}}, date = {2015-10-07}, organization = {Secureworks}, url = {}, language = {English}, urldate = {2020-01-13} } Hacker Group Creates Network of Fake LinkedIn Profiles
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Credits: MISP Project