Targeting of U.S. government employees
Date of report
  • January 2020
The Iranian state-backed hackers sent out sophisticated spear-phishing lures imitating Westat, a research services company, in hopes of compromising U.S. government employees and networks. They could have also intended to compromise actual Westat employees.
Suspected victims
  • U.S. government employees and possibly Westat employees
Suspected state sponsor
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Type of incident
  • Espionage
Target category
  • Government
  • Private sector