North Korea

Smashing Security podcast #156: Better safe than Sony

In this 20 minute clip from a special bonus episode produced for our Patreon supporters, Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault discuss the 2014 hack of Sony Pictures – reportedly carried out by North Korea for the very oddest of reasons…

8-year-old ‘scared to death’ after hacked Nest security camera warns of missile attack

A California family has described the ‘sheer terror’ it experienced after its smart security camera began broadcasting a bogus warning that three North Korean missiles were heading to the United States.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.

US Government warns of more North Korean malware attacks

Just days after the two countries signed a joint agreement at their unprecedented talks, the US Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning about more malware being used by the North Korean government against US organisations.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

USA blames North Korea for WannaCry ransomware outbreak

North Korea was determined to be the culprit after studying “classified, sensitive information” which “can’t be shared unfortunately”, says Department of Homeland Security.

Bitcoin exchange shuts down after being hacked twice in one year

To misquote Oscar Wilde, to have your Bitcoin exchange hacked once may be regarded as misfortune; to have it happen twice looks like carelessness.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

US Government issues alert about North Korean “Hidden Cobra” cyber attacks

The FBI and US Department of Homeland Security have issued an alert that hackers have targeted the aerospace industry, financial services and critical infrastructure with a remote access trojan (RAT) to further exploit vulnerable networks.

Read more in my article for the Hot for Security blog.

Smashing Security podcast #048: KRACK, North Korea, and an 18th century cyber attack

KRACK! Has the Wi-Fi vulnerability got you worried? Did North Korea hack a British TV company? And what have Dutch police learnt from Pokémon?

All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Virus Bulletin editor Martijn Grooten.

North Korea denies link to WannaCry ransomware attack

Some security researchers have found similarities between WannaCry and malware previously written by a hacking group linked to North Korea.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

North Korea stole F-15 blueprints and 42,000 defense-related documents from South Korea

South Korean police say that North Korea began to target 140,000 computers at defense contractor firms and government agencies back in 2014, but the attack was only unearthed in February this year.

Ali Taherian reports.

The threat of North Korea’s city-destroying killer hackers

A defector tells the BBC that North Korea has apocalyptic cyberwarfare capabilities.

Stuxnet – United States tried to use it against North Korea too, report claims

North Korea’s nuclear programme was allegedly targeted by an American-sponsored malware attack.

But, unlike Stuxnet in Iran, it failed.

If the NSA hacked North Korea’s networks before the Sony attacks, there’s an obvious question…

According to new claims, the NSA has a secret foothold inside North Korea’s computer networks, and actually saw the first spear-phishing attacks against Sony Pictures.

And yet, it didn’t warn the firm it was under attack.

North Korean parody game cancelled after “Sony-inspired” hack

Video games developers have blamed a hack “inspired” by the recent attack on Sony Pictures for their decision to cancel a game they were creating featuring Kim Jong-Un.

Read more in my article on the Foursys blog.

Sony hackers failed to hide their North Korean IP addresses, says FBI

“Sloppy” North Korean hackers revealed their IP addresses, claims the FBI.

Read more on the Hot for Security blog.

The Sony hack attribution generator!

“Do you need a quick story you can pull out of your butt to explain the Sony hack at a party or job interview?”

US levies sanctions against North Korea because of umm.. the Sony hack

Of all the reasons to have sanctions against North Korea, the one they gave special attention to was the Sony hack.

And, as we all now know, there is a lot of skepticism as to whether North Korea was really responsible for that…