A US Army Intelligence Report recently divulged that around 6,000 hackers are residing and have underground operations ni North Korea.
Hackers can be anymore cloaked under a technology called VPN. But, a 332 page-document released by the authorities has enumerated many illegal crypto transactions in the country, revealing that the number is functioning operationally overseas with addresses just in the Northern Korean peninsula. Some are even extending to other countries like Belarus, China, India, Malaysia.
Furthermore, the leading organization behind the workings for the computer battle is Bureau 121.
The infamous Lazarus Group, thought to be linked to several cryptocurrency exchange hacks, is among them.
Called “North Korean Tactics’, the report is the Army Training Publication (ATP) 7-100.2,” dated July 24. In further readings, it echoed that “North Korean tactics for use in Army training, professional education, and leader development.”
A section of the document also covers “computer warfare”. The document reveals that it consists of “attacks focusing specifically on computer systems, networks, or nodes.”
Some cases mentioned are “unauthorized access (hacking) of information systems for intelligence-collection purposes” and “Insertion of malicious software (viruses, worms, logic bombs, or Trojan horses).”
But how do hackers do it?
In verbatim, the report stated that,
“North Korean computer hackers have even been able to access secure systems and steal South Korean war plans.”
This is what we can see to a similar incident that happened in 2009. The document adds that North Korea’s Mirim College was graduating approximately 100 cyberspace hackers per year for the Korean People’s Army.
Dissecting the department are four groups within the Bureau 121: The Bluenoroff Group with about 1,700 members, The Andarial Group with about 1,600 members, the Electronic Warfare Jamming Regiment, and the Lazarus Group, which has been linked to several cryptocurrency-related hacks.
Among the most famous is the Lazarus Group.
The Lazarus group has also been linked to several cryptocurrency exchange hacks. Just in March of this year, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control captured two Chinese Nationals that were reportedly part of the group. The culprits were allegedly the brains behind the $100 million scam from an exchange.
As well, the criminal’s malware code from the now-defunct cryptocurrency application Celas Trade Pro. They are producing illegitimate websites and malicious software to conduct phishing attacks against the cryptocurrency sector. A ransomware named “Wannacry” was released during 2016–2017. It caused massive disruptions across the globe. Approximately $670,000 million of hacked cryptocurrencies, bitcoin, and monero included was stolen by cybercriminals. Where else? In North Korea.
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