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posted by Fnord666 on Friday July 28 2017, @11:58PM   Printer-friendly
from the will-hack-for-cash dept.

A report suggests that North Korean hackers are looking for money to steal as harsher sanctions are implemented against the country:

North Korean hackers are increasingly trying to steal cash rather than secrets, a South Korean government-backed report suggests. Cyber-criminals are targeting financial institutions as Pyongyang faces tough nuclear sanctions, the Financial Security Institute (FSI) claims. Suspected hacking attempts were until recently thought to be aimed at causing disruption or accessing data.

North Korea has routinely denied involvement in cyber-attacks. The FSI analysed cyber-attacks between 2015 and 2017. The impoverished country is now facing even tougher international sanctions aimed at stopping the flow of money that would support the development of its weapons programme.

Attacks cited include the "WannaCry" ransomware attacks, an attack on the Bangladeshi central bank, attacks by a group called "Andariel", and the 2015 attacks against South Korean banks that led to the formation of the Financial Security Institute.

Also at Reuters. FSI's website.

Previously: WannaCry Ransomware Attack Linked to North Korea by Symantec


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WannaCry Ransomware Attack Linked to North Korea by Symantec 23 comments

Symantec and FireEye have linked the recent WannaCry ransomware attacks to North Korea:

Cybersecurity researchers at Symantec Corp. and FireEye Inc. have uncovered more evidence tying this month's WannaCry global ransomware attacks to North Korea.

The cyberattack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide was "highly likely" to have originated with Lazarus, a hacking group linked to the reclusive state, Symantec said. The software used was virtually identical to versions employed in attacks earlier this year attributed to the same agency, the company said in a report late Monday. FireEye on Tuesday agreed WannaCry shared unique code with malware previously linked to North Korea. "The shared code likely means that, at a minimum, WannaCry operators share software development resources with North Korean espionage operators," Ben Read, a FireEye analyst, said in an emailed statement.

[...] The initial attack was stifled when a security researcher disabled a key mechanism used by the worm to spread, but experts said the hackers were likely to mount a second attack because so many users of personal computers with Microsoft operating systems couldn't or didn't download a security patch released in March labeled "critical."

Also at NYT, Reuters, Ars Technica, and The Hill. Symantec blog (appears scriptwalled).

Here's a screenshot of Wana Decrypt0r 2.0. Note the Wikipedia licensing section.

Previously: Security In 2017: Ransomware Will Remain King
"Biggest Ransomware Attack in History" Hits Around 100 Countries, Disrupts UK's NHS
WannaCrypt Ransomware Variant -- Lacking Kill Switch -- Seen in Wild [Updated]
Decryption Utility for WannaCry is Released


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  • (Score: 2) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Saturday July 29 2017, @12:32AM

    by MichaelDavidCrawford (2339) Subscriber Badge <mdcrawford@gmail.com> on Saturday July 29 2017, @12:32AM (#546059) Homepage Journal

    The Devil Made Me Do It.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 29 2017, @05:46AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 29 2017, @05:46AM (#546156)

    Sounds like they're either on their hind legs or need more liquid capital to pull of something in the near future.

    I think the concentration camps and how they treat their own citizens is enough reason to change the government instead of worrying about any missiles they might launch but I bet countries like Russia heartily disagree...

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 29 2017, @06:13AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 29 2017, @06:13AM (#546162)

      Missiles are not that big of a worry, at least not yet. I also am not aware of any major Russian involvement in this. Maybe you've mixed up your evil world powers? The only reason that NK still exists is that the China is backing them.

      • (Score: 2) by LoRdTAW on Saturday July 29 2017, @12:12PM

        by LoRdTAW (3755) on Saturday July 29 2017, @12:12PM (#546218) Journal

        The only reason that NK still exists is that the China is backing them.

        China is just propping them up so the NK zombies stay in their open air insane asylum.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 29 2017, @11:37AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 29 2017, @11:37AM (#546214)

    Makes about as much sense as the Chinese building quantum supercomputers just to mine bitcoins.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 29 2017, @02:03PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 29 2017, @02:03PM (#546252)

      No worse than gold and diamonds.

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