Scores of Businesses Worldwide Fall Victim to N.Korean Cyber Attacks

  • By Cho Yi-jun

    December 26, 2018 11:55

    North Korea launched cyber attacks against scores of businesses around the world over the last two months, Voice of America reported Monday.

    According to VOA, data from computer security company McAfee show that 87 companies in the U.S. and Europe became targets of cyber attacks believed to have originated in North Korea since late October.

    Raj Samani at McAfee said, "It was an espionage campaign predominantly targeting, approximately... 87 organizations across the globe. What we identified were technical indicators. And those technical indicators seemed to have a correlation with campaigns that were associated with North Korea."

    He said they were very similar to those of Lazarus, the North Korean-sponsored hacking team behind the "Wannacry" ransomware that struck around 300,000 computers in 150 countries in May 2017

    McAfee said the latest cyber attacks were discovered early and did not cause any financial losses. But it warned that North Korean hacking techniques are becoming more sophisticated.

    "You are actually seeing threat actors who are believed to be from nation states actually improving their ability and investing offensive tools," Samani said.

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