Chinese hackers targeted Iranian government entities for months: Report

Chinese advanced persistent threat actor, Playful Taurus, targeted several Iranian government entities between July and December 2022, according to a Palo Alto Networks report

The Chinese threat actor also known as APT15, KeChang, NICKEL, BackdoorDiplomacy, and Vixen Panda, was observed attempting to connect government domains to malware infrastructure previously associated with the APT group, according to the report.

“Playful Taurus continues to evolve their tactics and their tooling. Recent upgrades to the Turian backdoor and new C2 infrastructure suggest that these actors continue to see success during their cyber espionage campaigns,” Palo Alto Networks said in a blog. 

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