>> With the growing threats of hacking attacks against corporations and governments, an unusual case catching the attention of experts at the black hat cybersecurity conference this week. According to research published by Dell SecureWorks Thursday hackers believed to be working for the Iranian government impersonated and attracted young woman on social media.
Luring men working in industries strategically important to Tehran. The so called Mia Ash persona was active on sites including LinkedIn, Facebook, Whatsapp, and blackhat. Reuters correspondent Dustin Volvz is at the conference in Las Vegas.>> So to Mia Ash persona is really interesting because it's a one of the first examples we have of nation state creating this fake persona that's so sophisticated, and so elaborate.
And really able to pursue its targets over a really long time for more than a year in this case. The Mia Ash profile used publicly available social media images of a real photographer based in Eastern Europe to create a fake identity of an attractive woman living in London.
>> She is probably in her mid 20s, a lot of the pictures of her are alluring, they're not overly sexy. She is approachable looking, has a lot of interests that might be of interest to other folks as well. So Mia Ash is a fan of the Arsenal football team, she likes Adele.
She watches all kinds of TV shows.>> Researchers say the profile was used to lure middle-aged men who worked as technicians and engineers at oil and gas, aerospace and telecommunications firms in the Middle East, in addition to India, and the United States. Facebook where the Mia Ash persona listed her relationship status as, It's complicated, deleted the profile recently.
After being contacted by Dell SecureWorks as. Iranian officials did not immediately respond to request for comment and Dell SecureWorks has not released the identity of the real photographer in the picture due to privacy concerns