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Unpacking BellaCiao: A Closer Look at Iran’s Latest Malware

Martin Zugec
Bitdefender, Apr. 26, 2023

“Quick weaponization of publicly disclosed PoCs is the “new” winning formula for both financially motivated and state-sponsored threat actors.”
 
With recent reports that Charming Kitten group (aka Mint Sandstorm) is actively targeting critical infrastructure in the US and other countries, we would like to share the most recent insights from Bitdefender Labs about the modernization of Charming Kitten’s tactics, techniques, and procedures, including a new, previously unseen malware. This malware is tailored to suit individual targets and exhibits a higher level of complexity, evidenced by a unique communication approach with its command-and-control (C2) infrastructure. 

The name used by malware developers is BellaCiao, a reference to the Italian folk song about resistance fighting. We have identified multiple victims in the United States and Europe, but also in the Middle East (Turkey) or India. 

Who is Charming Kitten?

Charming Kitten (also known as APT35/APT42, Mint Sandstorm/PHOSPHORUS, ITG18, UNC788, Yellow Garuda or TA453) is an Iranian state-sponsored APT group associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).  

Charming Kitten has been on the radar of the infosec community since 2014, and was infamous for targeting political dissidents, activists, journalists, and individuals protesting oppressive regimes. While this group mostly relied on social engineering and spear phishing to achieve its goals, it was known for using sophisticated methods, including impersonation of well-known researchers or activists

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