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Lazarus code used in WannaCry, but North Korea link not in evidence

Symantec bolstered the amount of evidence it has gathered that ties the code and tools used by the cybergang known as Lazarus to the WannaCry/WanaCrypt0r ransomware attacks, but it is distancing itself from the idea the attack was backed by any one nation. The conclusion being drawn by Symantec is that despite the Lazarus group’s…
Government/Defense, Security News

Report details how North Korean and Russian cybercriminals are cooperating

Several companies, media outlets and the U.S. government have accused North Korean state-sponsored hackers of purchasing access to pre-hacked servers from criminal groups. But the connections to specific criminal groups have been a little more tenuous. Now a new meta-analysis of previous reports from Intel 471 establish a likely connection to TrickBot. TrickBot, as well…
APTs/cyberespionage, Coronavirus, Phishing, Security News

Report: Lazarus Group has large-scale Covid-19 phishing campaign in the works

North Korea’s Lazarus group is likely behind a planned coronavirus-related phishing campaign taking aim at more than 5 million businesses and people in the U.S. and five other countries June 21. “The hacking campaign involved using phishing emails under the guise of local authorities in charge of dispensing government-funded Covid-19 support initiatives,” researchers at Cyfirma…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Finance, Government, Government/Defense, Malware, Security News

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, Government, Government/Defense, Security News

U.S. sanctions North Korea hacking groups, says attacks funded missile program

The U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned North Korea Friday for ransomware attacks on the Swift interbank messaging system and other critical infrastructure targets that generated funding for the nation-state’s weapons and missile programs. The Treasury Department targeted three state-sponsored hacking groups – the Lazarus Group, whose WannaCry attacks wreaked havoc around the…
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…
Security News

New Data shines light into Lazarus group’s Operation Sharpshooter campaign

North Korean hacking Lazarus Group’s Operation Sharpshooter campaign, used “extremely convincing” job recruitment emails to target defense, government, finance, energy and critical infrastructure organizations across the world, according to McAfee researchers. An unnamed government entity familiar with the malware campaign provided code and data from a command-and-control server responsible for the management of the operations,…
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