North Korea’s state hackers caught engaging in BEC scams
June 17, 2020
ESET researchers said they spotted North Korean state-sponsored hackers attempting to steal money from targets they initially breached for cyber-espionage purposes.
At the ESET Virtual World security conference on Tuesday, security researchers from Slovak antivirus maker ESET have disclosed a new operation orchestrated by the Pyongyang regime’s infamous state-sponsored hacker crews.
Codenamed “Operation In(ter)ception,” this campaign targeted victims for both cyber-espionage and financial theft.
Speaking in a live stream to an audience of thousands, ESET security researcher Jean-Ian Boutin said the attacks have been carried out by members of the Lazarus Group — codename given by security firms to North Korea’s biggest hacking unit, part of the country’s intelligence service.
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