NCSC exposes Iranian, Russian spear-phishing campaign targeting UK


Hostile advanced persistent threat (APT) groups aligned with the national interests of Iran and Russia are targeting UK nationals including academics, activists, charity and NGO workers, defence and government officials, journalists, and politicians, with carefully crafted and highly targeted spear-phishing emails, according to new intelligence from the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

The distinct yet technically similar campaigns are attributed with relative confidence to Iran’s TA453, which also goes by Charming Kitten among other names, and Russia’s Seaborgium, which also goes by Cold River and was recently linked to an attack on former MI6 chief Richard Dearlove and a group of hard Brexit advocates, and an incident targeting US nuclear scientists.

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