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Redbanc cyberattack linked to Lazarus group

The recently disclosed cyber attack on the Chilean interbank network Redbanc which took place in December 2018, may have been carried out by North Korea-linked advanced persistent threat (APT) group Lazarus. The attack involved PowerRatankba, a malware toolkit with ties to APT group represents the latest known example of Lazarus-affiliated tools being deployed within financially…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Government, Government/Defense, Malware, Phishing, Security News

‘Sharpshooter’ cyberespionage campaign scopes out defense, critical infrastructure sectors

A global phishing campaign called Operation Sharpshooter was discovered using fake job recruitment documents to infect defense, government and critical infrastructure organizations with a malicious backdoor implant, presumably for cyber espionage purposes. The implant, nicknamed Rising Sun, was observed in least 87 impacted organizations over the course of October and November, McAfee Labs reported today…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Government, Government/Defense, Malware, Security News

U.S. intel agencies issue analysis of North Korea’s ELECTRICFISH tunneling tool

The FBI and Department Homeland Security have jointly issued a new Malware Analysis Report (MAR) warning of the dangers of ELECTRICFISH, a tunneling tool used for traffic funneling and data exfiltration by the North Korea government hacking group Hidden Cobra. The 32-bit Windows executable file is a command-line utility that establishes a connection between a…
Cybercrime, Government/Defense, Malware, Ransomware, Security News

WannaDeny: North Korean officials condemn U.S. indictment of alleged hacker

North Korean officials have denounced and denied a U.S. indictment that accuses one of its citizens of helping carry out the 2017 WannaCry global ransomware attack, the 2014 Sony Pictures hack, an $81 cyberheist of Bangladesh’s central bank in 2016, and other cyberattacks on behalf of his government. According to multiple news outlets [1, 2,…
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U.S. offers up to $5M for info on North Korean cyber activity

Four U.S. federal agencies on Wednesday jointly issued an advisory that warns of ongoing North Korea-sponsored cyberthreat operations, and offers a reward of up to $5 million for information on such operations. The communication, issued by the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Treasury Department and the FBI, details the Democratic People’s Republic…
APTs/cyberespionage

Hidden Cobra malware infects Android devices with RAT, turns Windows machines into proxies

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FBI on Tuesday jointly released two new reports analyzing trojan malware attributed to Hidden Cobra, aka Lazarus Group — a threat actor widely believed to be sponsored by the North Korean government. The two malware packages, referred to as HARDRAIN and BADCALL, can install a remote access tool…
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War documents, including assassination plan, stolen by North Korean hackers

North Korean hackers have stolen joint South Korean-US plans for war with the north, including plans to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, according to an FT report quoting Lee Cheol-hee, a member of South Korea’s Democratic party. A defence data centre was apparently broken into in September last year, with some 235 gigabytes…
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