Iranian Hackers Target Middle East Policy Experts with New BASICSTAR Backdoor

By fabricating a phony webinar gateway, the threat actor Charming Kitten, who is of Iranian descent, has been connected to a fresh round of attacks targeting Middle East policy experts using a new backdoor known as BASICSTAR.

In the past, Charming Kitten—also known as APT35, CharmingCypress, Mint Sandstorm, TA453, and Yellow Garuda—has organized a variety of social engineering efforts that target a broad range of targets, frequently focusing on journalists, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations.

Researchers Ankur Saini, Callum Roxan, Charlie Gardner, and Damien Cash of Volexity noted that “CharmingCypress often employs unusual social-engineering tactics, such as engaging targets in prolonged conversations over email before sending links read more Iranian Hackers Target Middle East Policy Experts with New BASICSTAR Backdoor.

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