PowerLess Trojan: Iranian APT Phosphorus Adds New PowerShell Backdoor for Espionage

Over the past months, the Cybereason Nocturnus Team observed an uptick in the activity of the Iranian attributed group dubbed Phosphorus (AKA Charming Kitten, APT35), known for previously attacking medical research organizations in the US and Israel in late 2020, and for targeting academic researchers from the US, France, and the Middle East region back in 2019.

They have also previously targeted human rights activists, the media sector, and interfered with the US presidential elections.

Towards the end of 2021, multiple attacks were carried out exploiting the notorious Microsoft Exchange Server vulnerabilities chained together and referred to as ProxyShell, which ultimately enabled multiple threat actors to deploy malware on their targets’ networks.
There have been several reports detailing the exploitation of these vulnerabilities by Iranian state sponsored threat actors, among them the Phosphorus APT group carrying out ransomware attacks.

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