Iranian State-Sponsored Hackers Target Western Nuclear Experts in New Mac Malware Campaign

TA453’s Targeting and Tactics: TA453, active since at least 2017, primarily targets academics, researchers, diplomats, dissidents, journalists, and human rights workers. The group employs web beacons in message bodies and engages in benign conversations with victims before attempting to deploy malware. In addition to computer-based attacks, TA453 has attempted to lure individuals out in the open for potential kidnapping. The majority of the group’s targets are in the Western world, with some being Israelis.