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China hackers found to have compromised Iran entities for months

A Chinese hacking group targeted multiple Iranian government bodies in 2022 using advanced malware, according to an industry report. 
This photo taken on August 4, 2020 shows Prince, a member of the hacking group Red Hacker Alliance who refused to give his real name, using a website that monitors global cyberattacks on his computer at their office in Dongguan, China's southern Guangdong province. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images)

Chinese hacking group Playful Taurus aimed cyber attacks at Iranian government platforms from July to December of 2022, according to a report published Wednesday by American cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks.

The company’s analysis suggests that four entities of the Iranian government's infrastructure have been compromised by what is known as an advanced persistent threat (APT), or cyberattack campaign with the goal to mine sensitive data.

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