Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Assessing The Computer Network Operation (CNO) Capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran - Report

UPDATE: MEMRI Cyber Jihad Lab (CJL) has issued an update on the report.

Dear blog readers, I would like to let you know, of my latest, publicly released report, on the topic of "Assessing The Computer Network Operation (CNO) Capabilities of the Islamic Republic of Iran", a comprehensive, 45 pages, assessment, of Iran's cyber warfare scene, featuring exclusive, never-published before, assessments of the country's cyber warfare doctrine, analysis of the country's academic incubators of the next generation of cyber warriors, featuring, an exclusive, social network analysis (SNA), of Iran's hacking scene.

The report, answers the following questions:
  • Who's who on Iran's Cyber Warfare Scene - the most comprehensive analysis of Iran's cyber warface scene, ever performed
  • Where do they go to school? - in-depth analysis of Iran's academic incubators of the next generation of cyber warriors
  • Who's buying them books? - in-depth geopolitically relevant analysis of Iran's cyber warfare doctrine
  • How do they own and compromise? - complimentary copies of hacking tools, E-zines, academic papers, SNA (Social Network Analysis) of Iran's Hacking Scene
An excerpt from the Executive Summary:
"Today's growing cyber warfare arms race, prompts for systematic, structured, and
multidisciplinary enriched processes to be utilized, in order to anticipate/neutralize and
properly attribute an adversary's strategic, tactical and operational Computer Network
Operation (CNO) capabilities, so that an adequate response can be formulated and
executed on the basis of a factual research answering some of the most relevant questions
in the 'fifth domain' of warfare - who are our adversaries, what are they up to, when are
they going to launch an attack against us, how exactly are they going to launch it, and
what are they going to target first?

This qualitative analysis (45 pages) seeks to assess the Computer Network Operations (CNO) of
Islamic Republic of Iran, through the prism of the adversary's understanding of Tactics,
Techniques and Procedures (TTP), a structured and geopolitically relevant, enriched
OSINT assessment of their operations, consisting of interpreted hacking literature, videos
and custom made hacking tools, extensive SNA (Social Network Analysis) of the
country's Hacking Ecosystem, real-life personalization of the key individuals behind the
groups (personally identifiable photos, personal emails, phone numbers, Blogs, Web
Sites, Social Networking accounts etc.). It's purpose is to ultimately empower
decision/policy makers, as well as intelligence analysts, with recommendations for
countering Islamic Republic of Iran's growing understanding and application of CNO
tactics and strategies."

You can get the report from here.