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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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  • (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.

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