August 02, 2016 10:16
North Korean hackers stole the e-mail passwords of 56 officials in the South Korean foreign, unification and defense ministries as well as staffers of defense companies, prosecutors here said Monday.
Most of the officials handle intelligence on the North, many of them in senior positions.
Yang Seok-jo at the Supreme Prosecutors' Office said further investigation is needed since the officials exchanged work-related messages via the hacked e-mail accounts.
The hackers sent phishing e-mails to 90-plus South Korean officials claiming their passwords had been hacked. If they opened the e-mail and changed their passwords, the new passwords were then known to the hackers. Further phishing attacks using this leak as a pretext are likely, he added.
The prosecutors believe the North Korean regime is behind the latest scam given that the hackers used the same IP address in Shenyang, China that they used when they hacked Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power in 2014.
The North's hacking operations are controlled by the General Bureau of Reconnaissance, the agency that masterminded the sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan in 2010.
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