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Covid-19 Phishing Campaign to be launched by the North Korean Hackers

An investigation by cybersecurity merchant, Cyfirma, cautioned about a outrageous phishing effort that will be propelled by the North Korean cybercriminals gathering, Lazarus, which occurred last June 21. The battle has purportedly targeted six countries and more than 5 million organizations and individuals.

As indicated by the report distributed last June 18, Lazarus will subject Singapore, Japan, India, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and the United States to a gigantic phishing effort. Hackers will supposedly attempt to exploit individuals getting installments set up by a few nations trying to alleviate the COVID-19 emergency.

Lazarus is by all accounts imitating government accounts exploiting counterfeit messages. They request that beneficiaries visit false sites which request cash and spare their own information. Previously, the North Korean hackers requested to be paid in digital currencies.

There were no extra insights concerning the certain techniques Lazarus gathering will use to assemble cash from their casualties.

Cyfirma’s spokesperson said: “On June 1, the platform picked up an early indicator from Korean-speaking community discussing a folder called ‘Health-Problem-2020’ and that was when we uncovered the entire campaign targeting the USA, UK, Japan, South Korea, India and Singapore. This global phishing campaign is well-planned across all fronts, leveraging social engineering to lure individuals and businesses into divulging personal and financial information. Citizens and business owners are in desperate need of these government fiscal support packages and chances of them falling prey to this phishing attack is very high.”

The cybersecurity firm explains that they have not yet observed URLs for the phishing locales found in the email layouts assembled during their examination, however assume that such data will be uncovered soon. They additionally expressed that the legislatures of the focused on nations have been notified about the Lazarus crusade.

Recently, North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, reportedly encouraged Lazarus to steal cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) using phishing scams. Sources indicate that the country has ramped up these efforts to prevent a financial meltdown during the COVID-19 crisis.

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