September 29, 2020

North Korean hackers spent years targeting specific officials: UN report

Dozens of government accounts received malicious emails this year from cybercrime groups linked to the DPRK

Hackers linked to the DPRK have been running long-term cyberattacks against the United Nations Security Council and dozens of officials working for its member states, according to an unpublished U.N. Panel of Experts report seen by NK News. The hackers “pursued certain individuals throughout the lifetime of their career” using spear-phishing campaigns via email and WhatsApp to attempt breaking into computer systems.

The report, which is expected to be published later this year, stated that the DPRK-linked cybercrime group “Kimsuky” targeted at least 11 officials from six Security Council member countries using spear-phishing campaigns this year.