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North Korea's antivirus software whitelisted mystery malware

North Korea’s very own antivirus software has been revealed as based on a 10-year-old application made by Trend Micro, but with added nasties. So says Check Point, which was sent a copy of the “SiliVaccine” application and after analysis declared it contained “large chunks of 10+-year-old antivirus engine code belonging to …

Thailand seizes server linked to North Korean attack gang

A server hidden in a Thai university and allegedly used as part of a North Korean hacking operation has been seized by ThaiCERT. Thailand's infosec organisation announced last Wednesday that the box was operated by the Norks-linked Hidden Cobra APT group, and was part of the command-and-control rig for a campaign called …
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Don't want to alarm you, but defence bods think North Korea could nuke UK 'within a few years'

North Korea maintains a hacking base in China, the UK Parliament's Defence Select Committee has been told, while government snooping body GCHQ struggles to retain "cyber-staff". Then there's the slightly greater concern that the communist nation could nuke Britain "within a few years". The House of Commons' Defence Committee …

Surprise: Norks not actually behind Olympic Destroyer malware outbreak – Kaspersky

A close analysis of the code that took down part of the 2018 Winter Olympics computer network reveals a cunning plan to seemingly falsely pin the blame on North Korea. On the first day of the games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the main website crashed, Wi-Fi networks around the events became unusable, and data was wiped from …
Iain Thomson, 8 Mar 2018
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Spectre shenanigans, Nork hackers upgrade, bad WD drives and more

Roundup Here's a summary of this week's infosec news beyond what we've already covered in detail. Exploits for chip blunders spook antivirus land First up, January's Meltdown and Spectre processor security design flaws continue to haunt the IT world. Fortinet put out an advisory on Tuesday warning 119 variants of code that exploit …
Iain Thomson, 3 Feb 2018

Nork hackers exploit Flash bug to pwn South Koreans. And Adobe will deal with it next week

Adobe will next week emit patches to squash a security bug in Flash that can be exploited by malicious webpages and documents, when opened, to hijack and spy on vulnerable computers. The flaw is being abused right now by North Korean hackers to infect victims' PCs. You should update your browser or Flash installation – if you' …
Iain Thomson, 1 Feb 2018
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Nervy nuke-armed nation fires missile with 5,000km range

India has successfully tested a surface-to-surface ballistic missile. The nation was kind enough to announce the test on Thursday, revealing that its Agni-5 “was successfully flight tested for its full range … from Dr Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha. This was the fifth test of the Missile and the third consecutive one from a …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jan 2018
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North Korea's finest spent 2017 distributing RATs, wipers, and phish

South Korea was the target of a barrage of malware campaigns last year. Cisco Talos's Warren Mercer and Paul Rascagneres (with contributions from Jungsoo An) spent the year watching goings-on on the Korean peninsula. The researchers focussed on one organisation (likely North Korean given the target, but this is unconfirmed), …
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UK, US govt and pals on WannaCry culprit: It woz the Norks wot done it

UK Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon today claimed North Korea was behind the WannaCry ransomware incident. He joins the US government, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Microsoft, Google, Kaspersky, Symantec, FireEye, and others, in blaming Kim Jong-un's hackers for unleashing WannaCry on the world. Uncle …
Kat Hall, 19 Dec 2017

Crouching cyber Hidden Cobra: US warns Nork hackers are at it again with new software nasty

The FBI and US Homeland Security have issued an alert about a new strain of malware infecting American corporate systems and stealing sensitive data. The remote access trojan (RAT), dubbed Fallchill, is the work of a North Korean hacking group called Hidden Cobra, which some at US-CERT believe was responsible for the WannaCry …
Iain Thomson, 15 Nov 2017
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Russian telco backs up North Korea's sole Internet link

North Korea's very limited Internet has, for the second time in its brief history, obtained a redundant connection to the outside world. Dyn Research and North Korea specialists 38 North went public with the existence of the new link on October 1. Dyn's Doug Madory and 38 North's Martyn Williams spotted route announcements …
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North Korea attacks Bitcoin bods to swell its war chest says FireEye

North Korea appears to have commenced online attacks aimed at acquiring Bitcoin so it can evade sanctions. South Korea's Cyber Warfare Research Center alleged a few weeks ago that at least one Bitcoin exchange had been targeted by a Nork hack, and now FireEye threat researcher Luke McNamara writes that “since May 2017, we have …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2017
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Best Korea fingered for hacks against Bitcoin exchanges in South

North Korea has emerged as the prime suspect in recent Bitcoin exchange hacks in South Korea, with threat intel experts warning that more attacks on digital currency services and even mainstream banks are likely to follow. South Korea's Cyber Warfare Research Center reportedly believes that at least one Bitcoin exchange was …
John Leyden, 30 Aug 2017
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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

Feature When they said a week is a lifetime in politics, they weren't kidding. One moment, President Donald Trump talks of "fire and fury," the likes the world has never seen, in response to an increasingly aggressive North Korea, which is trying to menace the US with nuclear weapons. Then that's shoved to the side by neo-Nazis …
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2017

Happy 4th of July: Norks tests another missile

North Korea's regime remains bent on brinkmanship, with yet another missile test launched and suspicions it reach Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone. The governments of South Korea and Japan are convening emergency meetings of their respective national security councils after the test, which appears to have been a ballistic …

Crouching cyber, Hidden Cobra: Crack North Korean hack team ready to strike, says US-CERT

The Norks are coming and it won't be fun, according to a new bulletin from the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). The advisory warns that a North Korean hacking team, dubbed Hidden Cobra, is actively targeting media, aerospace, financial, and critical infrastructure sectors in the US and around the …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jun 2017

NORK spy agency blamed for Bangladesh cyberheist, Sony Pictures hack

A fresh analysis, from a slightly different perspective, once again fingered North Korea as the likely culprit behind hacks against Sony Pictures and the $81m heist from an account held by the Central Bank of Bangladesh. Moscow-based threat intelligence firm Group-IB has "no doubt" that Lazarus Group – a cybergang that …
John Leyden, 30 May 2017
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WannaCrypt 'may be the work of North Korea' theory floated

Security researchers are exploring the theory that the WannaCrypt ransomware might be the work of an infamous North Korean government-backed hacking crew. The crumb-trail-sniffing began on Monday after Neel Mehta, a security researcher from Google, posted an artefact on Twitter potentially pointing at a connection between the …
John Leyden, 16 May 2017

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