February 21, 2024

North Korea-linked account poses as KBS scriptwriter to dupe DPRK watchers

Findings suggest a single attacker or group is behind a spate of recent phishing attacks

An NK News investigation has uncovered connections between the North Korea-linked phishing scam against DPRK defector Kang Mi-jin earlier this month and at least two other attacks, suggesting the extent of the sophisticated social-engineering scheme is larger than previously understood.

Late last month, an account under the name Kim Hui-jung (김희정) attempted to add several NK News journalists as friends on various social media platforms. On LinkedIn, Kim claimed she was a scriptwriter for the Seoul-based Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) and needed help on an upcoming piece pertaining to North Korea.