Iranian Hacking Group Creates Fake News Agency

An Iranian hacking group named "Charming Kitten" is reportedly using the fake media site "The British News Agency" to target academics, activists, reporters, and political advisors involved with Iranian foreign policy in the United States and various European and Middle Eastern countries.

Charming Kitten is using the site, which has high-quality production value, to infect victims with unspecified malware. As of this alert, there are no details available on the nature of the malicious code.

The campaign also uses spear-phishing emails, false identities, and direct messages on social media platforms. The methods of delivery reportedly involve spear-phishing emails and direct messages on social media platforms, though few details were provided about how these messages deliver the malware.

Targets of this campaign include researchers, activists, media outlets, and political professionals focusing on Iranian issues.

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