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Iranian Hackers Continue Campaign Targeting Civil Society

Oct. 14, 2021, 4:19 PM

An Iranian hacking group that targeted a U.S. presidential campaign in last year’s election has continued to wage widespread attacks, using an evolving list of tactics to dupe victims into clicking on malicious links.

Known variously as APT35, Phosphorous, Charming Kitten and Ajax Security team, the hacking group has for years “hijacked accounts, deployed malware and used novel techniques to conduct espionage aligned with the interests of the Iranian government,” according to a blog posted Thursday by Google’s Threat Analysis Group.

APT35 has targeted “high-value” accounts in government, journalism, academia, nonprofits, foreign policy and national security, which play a role ...