October 03, 2023

Phishing emails targeting North Korea watchers grow increasingly sophisticated

Ongoing campaign recycles real emails from victims but also deploys original content in good English

An ongoing phishing campaign targeting North Korea-focused professionals has employed more convincing tactics, including harnessing real email correspondence likely sourced from a compromised inbox, an NK News investigation can reveal.

In a tactic going as far back as 2010 but observed consistently for over a year, phishing emails impersonating North Korea-focused journalists and academics -- sometimes with content similar to real messages sent just hours beforehand -- have targeted others in the community and those at its periphery.