Virus E-Mails Sent to Reporters on Inter-Korean Affairs

  • By Kim Myong-song

    January 08, 2019 13:04

    E-mails containing suspected malicious codes have been sent to scores of journalists who report on inter-Korean affairs, the Unification Ministry said Monday.

    The e-mails with the reference line "RE: TF reference info" were sent to 77 former and current reporters accredited to the ministry around 1:20 a.m. that night.

    Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun said, "Since the start of the new year, there have been many suspicious e-mails camouflaged as coming from the South Korean government or the Unification Ministry," he said. "We're dealing with these hacking and cyber attacks in close cooperation with the National Intelligence Service and police."

    He did not say whether North Korea is thought to be behind the attack.

    Moon Jong-hyun of cyber security firm ESTsecurity said, "The code and the method used in the latest hacking attack are different from what U.S., Chinese or Russian hacking groups are using, but they're similar to one the North used in an attack on Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power in 2014."

    There was a lull in cyber attacks from the North since 2016, but they began increasing again in October last year. 

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