Publish dateMonday 21 August 2023 - 14:37
Story Code : 275278
North Koreans targeted US-South Korea drills
Suspected North Korean hackers have targeted a joint U.S.-South Korea military exercise being held this week.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA) - Monitoring: South Korea and the United States will kick off the annual Ulchi Freedom Shield drills on Monday through August 31 to counter growing threats from the nuclear-armed North.

Pyongyang views such exercises as rehearsals for an invasion and has repeatedly warned it would take “overwhelming” action in response.

The hackers believed to be linked to a North Korean group dubbed Kimsuky carried out “continuous malicious email attacks” on South Korean contractors working at the allies’ combined exercise war simulation centre, the Gyeonggi Nambu Pro­vin­cial Police Agency said in a statement on Sunday.

“Police investigation confirms that North Korean hacking group was responsible for the attack,” it said in a statement, adding that military-related information was not stolen.

A joint investigation by the police and the US military found that the IP address used in the latest attack matched one identified in a 2014 hack against South Korea’s nuclear reactor operator blamed on the group, according to the statement.

The Kimsuky hackers use “spear phishing” tactics sending malicious attachments embedded in emails to exfiltrate desired information from victims.

According to findings by the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Secu­rity Agency in 2020, Kimsuky is “most likely tasked by the North Korean regime with a global intelligence gathering mission.”

The group believed to be active since 2012 targets individuals and organisations in South Korea, Japan, and the United States./Dawn news
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