Targeting of U.S. and Israeli medical researchers
Date of report
  • March 2021
The Iranian threat actor Charming Kitten targeted medical researchers in the United States and Israel with spear-phishing techniques. The threat actor used a malicious Gmail account masquerading as a prominent Israeli physicist to trick targets into downloading malware.
Suspected victims
  • Less than twenty-five senior medical professionals at a variety of institutions in the United States and Israel
Suspected state sponsor
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Type of incident
  • Espionage
Target category
  • Civil society