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
(Score: 2) by MichaelDavidCrawford on Saturday July 29 2017, @12:32AM
The Devil Made Me Do It.
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(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 29 2017, @05:46AM (2 children)
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)
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
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)
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
No worse than gold and diamonds.