N.Korea 'Using Honey Traps to Steal Cyber Secrets'

      March 14, 2016 12:19

      North Korea is using honey traps to steal clandestine information from gullible male South Korean officials on the Internet, the National Intelligence Service said Friday.

      The NIS told the National Assembly that the North has set up fake Facebook accounts with pictures of pretty women to hook up with scores of former and incumbent South Korean officials and get hold of classified information.

      The NIS said the North is also spreading false rumors about the South Korean government online. "If a beautiful stranger wants to become your friend on Facebook, you should turn them down," an NIS official warned lawmakers.

      The NIS said the North Korea succeeded in hacking into the e-mail accounts of 40 South Korean government officials and military officers by sending them e-mails purporting to come from Cheong Wa Dae or other government agencies.

      Lee Cheol-woo of the ruling Saenuri Party said after the closed-door session that North Korea is conducting cyber terror aimed at jamming GPS navigation systems. "Terror attacks targeting GPS systems are very dangerous since they can cause aircraft to fly in the wrong direction," he added.

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